Receding gums occur when the gums pull back from teeth, exposing more of their root surface. While considered a sign of aging, it is most often the result of wear and tear and years of aggressive brushing.
According to the California Dental Association, gum recession is also one of the symptoms of periodontal disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque accumulates on the teeth and gums. If not removed daily, bacteria from plaque produce toxins that inflame and irritate the gum tissues. As it persists, the inflammatory process destroys gum tissue, exposing more of the tooth and forming pockets. These spaces hold more bacteria, which compounds the problem.
Fortunately, combatting gum disease is possible through daily oral hygiene. Brushing teeth, particularly with an electric toothbrush, minimizes the risk of gum damage.
In this article, we will discuss why a power toothbrush is the best option for gum recession.
The best toothbrush for receding gums
Electric toothbrushes have a considerable advantage over their manual counterparts. Other than being more effective at plaque removal, power toothbrushes are the best types of toothbrushes for gum recession.
When used properly, a power toothbrush is safer on the gums and tooth enamel. An electric toothbrush doesn’t require a lot of the physical effort and repetitive movement. With a conventional toothbrush, there’s a tendency to brush harder and more aggressively and doing so results in wider gaps between the teeth and gum lines.
Considerations when choosing an electric toothbrush
Not all electric toothbrushes are created equal. The unit you choose will come down to personal preference and comfort level.
Rotating brushes spin all the way around, while oscillating ones move from side to side. Other electric toothbrushes provide variable speeds and power options suited for different brushing styles. Certain types of power toothbrushes also include a varied set of replaceable brush heads, ensuring the best level of cleaning power.
Market-leading electric toothbrushes
Benco Dental offers high-quality electric toothbrushes ideal for preventing gum recession, such as the PRO-SYS VarioSonic, shown above, and a range of other products at different price points to ensure the best in dental care.
Contact a Friendly Benco Rep or visit the online store for details.