Dental Care: Receding Gums

Gum recession is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – it is when the line of gum tissue surrounding your tooth begins to wear away, pull back, and expose more of the tooth. When this happens, pockets can form in the space between the tooth and your new gum line. These pockets are the perfect environment for disease-causing bacteria to develop and spread. If not treated correctly, the bacteria can attach your gum, bone, and tooth – which may eventually result in tooth loss.

What causes gum recession?

Gum recession may be caused by a number of different factors, such as:

1. Gum diseases such as periodontitis

2. Overly aggressive tooth brushing

3. Inadequate or insufficient dental care

4. Use of tobacco products

5. Grinding your teeth

6. Your genes – some people are simply more susceptible to gum issues

How should gum recession be treated?

Minor to mild gum recession can be readily and easily treated by your dentist. In a process called root planing, they will deep clean the impacted area to ensure that the plaque and tartar that have built up there are successfully removed. They may also recommend that you take some antibiotics to get rid of the last remaining harmful bacteria.

With more serious gum recession, surgery may be needed. Depending on your personal medical history and the extent of the gum recession issue, your dentist may recommend either open flap scaling, regeneration, or a soft tissue graft. Though the procedure for these surgeries may differ, all three are highly effective treatment for gum recession.

What to do to prevent gum recession

The best and simplest way to prevent gum recession is to take care of your oral health. Be sure to brush and floss every day, and make regular appointments to see your dentist. If an external force such as your diet or your smoking habit is causing gum recession, it is recommended that you improve or quit your habit as the case may be.

While gum recession can be a serious issue for your health, it is also very treatable. Speak with your dentist about the best oral health plan for you. Your mouth will be healthy and your smile will be beautiful again.

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