Have receding gums? You're not alone. According to Dr. Christopher Rouse, a dentist at Flatrock Family Dentistry in Greenville, South Carolina, gum recession is a common dental problem. While some gum recession may be caused by issues with a patient's bite, more often, it stems from people brushing too hard with their toothbrush, Dr. Rouse tells Bustle. For this reason, utilizing one of the best electric toothbrushes for receding gums can help. But first, some background.
What causes gum recession?
"Many people are either heavy-handed when brushing or do not use a soft-bristled toothbrush. A sure sign that you are brushing too hard is if your toothbrush bristles are frayed out to the sides after a bit of use," Dr. Rouse tells Bustle.
Dr. Rouse adds: "At Flatrock Family Dentistry, we often prescribe an electric toothbrush for people who have recession or who want to prevent recession of their gums. Electric toothbrushes do much of the work for you so you are able to clean your teeth with excellence without having to press hard."
The best electric toothbrushes for receding gums have soft-bristle brush heads made especially for gum care. Some even have built-in sensors that give you feedback to let you know if you are pressing too hard on your gums with your brush, as well as a gum care setting that offer lower levels of vibrations for sensitive gums.