As you brush and floss care for your teeth on a daily basis, there may be factors beyond your control that are causing gum recession in Berkeley, CA. Because gum recession tends to be progressive and gradual, you may not distinguish a problem until the conditions become more serious.

Gum recession can be caused by a variety of things, including:

• Hormonal changes
• Genetics
• Inadequate dental care
• Periodontal disease
• Body piercings
• Aggressive brushing
• Misaligned bite
• Bruxism

While some of these factors may be controllable, others require the care of a dental professional. It is always important to consult with a professional to assess prevention or treatment methods for such conditions, but there are a few simple ways you can decrease your chances of developing gum disease or receding gums.

Regular Cleanings


Brushing and flossing regularly no longer suffices as adequate care. It is important that you develop routine, professional dental cleaning habits to remove bacteria and tartar that may accumulate over time. It is recommended that you visit a professional for a cleaning at least twice a year. Even brushing twice a day does not compare to the meticulous cleaning, performed by a hygienist, with specialized cleaning tools.

Orthodontic Treatment


Misaligned teeth are more likely to cause gum recession; however, orthodontic treatment can straighten crooked teeth to prevent the problem before it occurs. It is much easier to keep teeth clean and healthy, when they are aligned accordingly in the mouth.

Appropriate Brushing


Believe it or not, you can brush your teeth the wrong way. Although you may feel you are adequately taking the appropriate measures to care for your teeth, you may actually be wearing away the enamel, leaving your mouth susceptible to gum recession. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing your teeth, and always angle the brush toward the gums. Thoroughly clean the area twice daily.

Treating Gum Recession


When gum recession cannot be controlled, Dr. Chertok offers treatment in the form of the SIM Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Our goal is to improve your overall health with better oral health care.  Call us today to learn more at (510) 423-0748.