Prevention of gingival recessions
Optimising oral hygiene at home as well as regular check-ups with a professional dental cleaning at the dentist’s office and giving up tobacco products are the best prevention of gingival recessions.
Optimal oral hygiene at home
Optimal oral hygiene at home varies from person to person. To prevent gingival recession, it is especially important to use the correct toothbrushing technique with the toothbrush.
Regular and correctly performed oral hygiene is the best way to remove bacterial plaque. On the one hand, this is the most important approach to preventing gingivitis – and thus also periodontitis.
Optimal oral hygiene at home should also always prevent the formation of gingival recession and be adjusted as necessary throughout life. It is very important to know, learn and also regularly apply one’s own method for optimal oral hygiene.
An illustration of the standard techniques can be found on the Internet at www.mundhygiene-instruktion.ch and the instant display “AC”.
Optimising oral hygiene in the case of existing gingival recessions
It is especially important to correct toothbrushing technique and master optimised techniques to prevent further recession if gingival recession is already present.
Optimal oral hygiene at home is always adapted individually in the course of life. It can therefore vary greatly from person to person. In particular, optimisation is indicated in the case of already existing gingival recessions.
In the dental practice, optimal oral hygiene can be properly instructed. In many cases, it is recommended to clean the areas with gingival recession with a wiping motion of the toothbrush. This involves gently sweeping the bristles over the denuded root surfaces several times, starting from the gumline.
An illustration of various techniques and aids for already existing gingival recessions can be found on the internet at www.mundhygiene-instruktion.ch and the immediate “G” display.
Regular check-ups at the dental practice
Regular check-ups in the dental practice can detect early signs of gingival recession and countermeasures can be taken.
Regular check-ups at the dentist make it possible to intervene professionally as early as possible if necessary.
If gingival recession is detected early and the necessary measures are started at an early stage, further defoliation of tooth roots can be successfully prevented.
The goal should remain to reach old age with one’s own teeth. “One check too many is better than one treatment too few!”
Regular professional teeth cleaning
In addition to regular check-ups, repeated professional tooth cleaning at the dentist’s office is also one of the most important measures in the prevention of gingival recession.
Following periodontal treatment, long-term success over several years is only guaranteed if patients maintain optimal oral hygiene at home, preventing gingival recession from forming or their gums from becoming inflamed by new bacterial plaque on a daily basis.
For optimal long-term success, it is also important to have ongoing professional long-term care from the dental hygienist or prophylaxis assistant so that any recurring problems can be identified and remedied in good time.
Avoiding tobacco products
In addition to optimising oral hygiene at home, giving up all tobacco products is the most important measure for preventing gingival recession as well as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Non-smokers and former smokers have less loss of tooth anchorage around their teeth than smokers and thus reveal less frequent gingival recession.
After quitting smoking, the gums need some time to recover from tobacco use. A few years after quitting smoking, former smokers also respond significantly better to periodontal treatment. Furthermore, surgical treatment for gingival recession can only be performed on non-smokers or former smokers.
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