If certain areas of your gumline have pulled back from your tooth roots, leaving them exposed, you are probably aware that this condition often results in tooth sensitivity or pain. But if you want to learn how your diet could be irritating your receding gumline, call Northwest Dental Group at 507-315-2932 to book a visit with us.
We offer a wide range of dental services at two locations in Rochester, MN, including gum disease treatment and other general dentistry and restorative dentistry options. We aim to provide as comprehensive treatments as we possibly can at Northwest Dental Group so you and your loved ones can get the care you need in one convenient location.
To make getting the dental care you and your family need less stressful, we also accept a large variety of payment options, including financing through a third-party like CareCredit. We also offer a five percent discount on any treatment you get from us if you are able to pay for it in full on the day of service.
Along with having two locations, we also offer flexible hours to better accommodate you. Both of our locations are open early at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and stay open late until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. We also offer appointments on Saturdays at one of our locations at:
1615 14th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Slow Down Gum Recession By Cutting Back On These Foods
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis, is caused by bad bacteria in your mouth that collects between your gums and tooth roots, forming plaque and tartar buildup. If left unchecked, this buildup can cause some serious problems for your oral health. At advanced stages, gum disease can even lead to tooth loss.
If you do develop gum disease, you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself though. A reputable study has estimated that roughly half of all American adults have gum disease at some stage or another. Plus, if caught early and treated quickly, gum disease is reversible in most cases.
There are a few ways to treat gum disease, but in most cases, we will use two special techniques to clean between your gums and tooth roots called:
- Scaling, which is a process that removes the buildup from your tooth roots
- Root planing, which smooths out the surface of your tooth roots so their surface will be less hospitable to bad bacteria
Gum recession is just one of the many potential signs of gum disease. If you are showing any of the following symptoms, you should visit your dentist for a thorough evaluation and possibly a periodontal treatment:
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss your teeth
- Chronic and/or persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis
- Tender, red, and/or swollen gums
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks in certain teeth
- Adult teeth that feel loose
To do your part to avoid gum disease, maintain good oral hygiene habits at home and be sure to visit a dentist every six months for a professional dental cleaning and exam as well.
As mentioned above, there are some foods that you should try to cut back on or avoid entirely if your gumline has started to recede.
One category of food that can make things worse for receding gums is acidic foods. Not only do bad bacteria thrive in acidic environments, they can also damage your teeth as well. If you love citrus fruits, coffee, pickles, and other acidic foods, try to limit your consumption until your gums are back in good health.
Sugary foods can also wreak havoc on receding gums. Again, bad bacteria thrive on sugars and speeds up the process of gum recession. Try to cool it with your sweet tooth for a while until you see a dentist for treatment.
Cold foods are also a no-go when your gums are receding. You’d think that the cold might help to soothe the inflammation of your gums, but it can actually make the situation worse. Even healthy foods like fruits and vegetables can cause you harm if you eat them cold and have a receding gumline.
Learn about some minor changes you can make to your diet to slow down gum recession and see if you are in need of a gum disease treatment by calling Northwest Dental Group at 507-315-2932 to book a visit today. You can also stop by either of our conveniently located Rochester, MN dentist offices in person or use our online form to schedule or ask questions.