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If your gums are pulling away from your teeth, it means they are receding. This is typically a sign that the gums have been irritated. There are many reasons why this might be happening. Fortunately, our dentist, Dr. Jason M. Peterson, knows what might be causing the receding gums as well as any tips that can help you and your smile.

The first thing that can be causing the receding gums is an aggressive oral hygiene routine. This means you are brushing too rough around the gums. If this is the case for you, check the type of toothbrush you use. If it’s a hard-bristled toothbrush, make sure to switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you’re already using this type of brush, try to avoid scrubbing hard when you brush.

The second thing is the excessive use of whitening treatments. Usually, over-the-counter whitening strips irritate the gums when you use them. If you use a lot of treatments, the gums won’t be able to handle the irritation and they will move away from the teeth. So, if you’ve used many whitening treatments, it’s time to stop and talk to your dentist.

The third thing is gum disease. Gum disease is a serious dental issue that develops when plaque and tartar irritate the gums, making them shift and create gum pockets. If your gums bleed when you eat, brush, and floss and if you have constant bad breath, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

If you have any questions about why you might have receding gums in Idaho Falls, Idaho, please call Jason M. Peterson, DDS at 208.524.3400. Our dental team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we are excited to give you the tips you need to save your gums!