how to prevent receding gums

How to Prevent Receding Gums

Gums can recede leaving more of the teeth exposed, resulting in discomfort, discolouration and an altered appearance of the smile. Gum recession can be caused by different factors and can easily be prevented:

– Good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits will prevent gum disease, the most common cause of receding gums.

– It’s important to brush teeth gently as aggressive brushing can damage the gums.

– Teeth grinding creates pressure on the teeth which also affects gum tissue.

“If you’re seeing potential signs of gum recession or are concerned about preventing gum recession, it’s time to visit your dentist.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.