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Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Ryan Clagett

When you experience gum recession, more and more of your tooth root is exposed. Not only can this compromise the aesthetics of your smile, but in some cases, it can lead to tooth sensitivity or even tooth loss. There are a number of factors that can contribute to gum recession, including untreated plaque buildup, misalignment of teeth, and age. But while getting older can increase your risk of developing gum disease, there are still steps you can take to better protect your oral health from gingivitis and periodontitis.

Preventing Gum Recession as You Age

Consider a few general guidelines for avoiding receding gums as you get older.

Invest in the Right Tools

One reason why your risk of gum disease increases as you age is because your mobility can decrease as you age, making it harder to reach certain areas of the smile when brushing and flossing your teeth. Consider getting an electric toothbrush or accessible flossing implements to reach these areas more easily.

Ensure Consistent Checkups

Another reason why age accelerates your risk of gum recession is that our immune systems tend to wear down as we get older. You can offset this risk by visiting your dentist and periodontist more regularly for exams and cleanings.

Avoid Accidentally Injuring Your Gums

A final reason why aging increases your risk of gum disease is that your gums, like other parts of the body, tend to become frailer over time. Switch to soft-bristled toothbrushes to avoid accidentally injuring your gum tissues when you brush. Again, your dentist or periodontist can recommend specific options as needed.

Learn More About Preventing Gum Recession

While gum recession is common, it is far from inevitable. At Derby City Dental Specialists, we are pleased to provide our patients in the Louisville, KY area with support to maintain robust oral health. Contact us with any questions about proper gum care.

Who Are We?

Derby City Dental Specialists strives to provide the latest best practices and advanced techniques for placing dental implants and treating periodontal disease while aligning care with each patient’s specific needs and goals in a relaxed, comfortable environment.

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What Problem Do We Solve for Our Patients?

Through implant dentistry and diverse gum treatments, we can replace missing teeth, stop the spread of gum disease, and create a healthier, stronger, natural-looking smile. Smile makeovers can correct imperfections and improve overall comfort and confidence.

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Dr. Clagett consults with each patient to understand their concerns and goals, then develops a customized treatment plan to achieve desired results. His extensive training in the field enables him to deliver innovative care.

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