Even though new treatments such as the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ are minimally invasive compared with traditional surgery, it is still best to prevent gum recession altogether. This can often be accomplished by practicing good oral hygiene and living a healthy lifestyle. Patients of Dr. John Tan can follow these steps to avoid gum surgery in McAllen, TX:
- Brush and floss daily
- Treat gingivitis before it progresses
- Watch for bruxism and misalignment
Brush and Floss Daily
Daily brushing and flossing keeps plaque and bacteria buildup to a minimum and helps prevents gum disease from developing. Patients must be careful to avoid aggressive brushing, as this can be just as harmful. Using a soft bristled or an electric toothbrush at least twice each day and flossing daily is recommended. Our hygienists can review the proper techniques with you during your appointment.
Treat Gingivitis Before it Progresses
Just like with the Pinhole Surgical Technique™, treatments for gum disease have become minimally invasive over the years. However, this does not mean patients should postpone treatment. Having gingivitis treated early on is both less expensive and less invasive. Patients are encouraged to contact Dr. Tan as soon as symptoms start to show.
Watch for Bruxism and Misalignment
Functional issues such as bruxism and misalignment can disrupt pressure distribution in the mouth and lead to gum recession as a result. This is why it is important to keep track of any changes that occur in the mouth and seek treatment before the consequences become severe.
For those who do require treatment for gum recession, the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ has revolutionized the way we treat this condition. But to learn more about how you can avoid the need for gum surgery in McAllen, TX, contact Dr. Tan and schedule your consultation today!