December 2022

Why Are My Gums Receding?

Man suffering from tooth ache in morning Have you noticed that you are seeing more teeth and less gums lately? It can be upsetting, especially if you know that you take very good care of your teeth. Why are your gums receding, and what can be done about it?

What causes gum recession?

Unfortunately, you may notice gum recession even if you take care of your teeth just as you are supposed to, because gum recession can run in families. However, it can also be the result of years of tobacco use, periodontal disease, a lack of dental care, an oral piercing, a misaligned bite, overaggressive tooth brushing, or years of grinding your teeth.

If your gums are receding, you are at risk for some serious problems – as the gum tissue wears away, the lower parts of your teeth are exposed. Bacteria may begin to collect in the “pockets” that form between your teeth and gums as your gums pull away. If not treated, this can lead to tooth and gum damage, and even eventually damage to the jawbone.

Preventing gum recession

If you have been lax in your oral health care, developing good habits can help to prevent gum recession and can help keep teeth healthy if your gums are receding. Brush at least twice a day, with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss thoroughly at least once a day, eat a healthy diet, and see your dentist at least twice a year.

Gum recession can’t be reversed, but it can be treated to protect your teeth from damage. If your gums are receding, your dentist may recommend a scaling and planing – a deep cleaning of that area in between the gums and the teeth. If the recession is serious, he or she might recommend a soft tissue graft, in which tissue is taken from the top of the mouth and attached to the area of recession.

Are you concerned that your gums are receding? Or is it just time to finally schedule that cleaning and checkup you’ve been putting off? Contact Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center for an appointment today! Call the East Norriton, PA, office, at (610) 272-6949!

Do You Have Oral Cancer? Here Is How Your Dentist Can Help

Waiting young woman sitting at dentist room Patients with oral cancer may have a whole medical team that works together to help during the treatment and the recovery, and this team, of course, includes your dentist. Your dentist is an important part of your diagnosis and keeping you healthy during and after your treatment, as well as with any reconstruction of your mouth that may be needed when your treatment is complete. Here is some more information on how your dentist can help you if you have oral cancer.

How can my dentist help?

Your dentist will work with the rest of your medical team to remove or treat your cancer and to help you with any side effects that you may have during and after your treatment. He or she is also an important part of any mouth reconstruction when your treatment is complete. During and after your treatment, you may be at risk for certain dental issues, such as:

• Increased number of cavities

• Increased sensitivity to hot and cold

• Gum disease

• Missing teeth

• Absence of tooth roots or shortening or thinning of the roots

• Tooth staining

• Baby teeth not falling out or delayed eruption of permanent teeth

• Dry mouth

• Problems with the jaw joint

• An underbite or overbite

If you are missing teeth after your cancer treatment is complete, your dentist can also help in oral cancer reconstruction. Replacing missing teeth not only helps you to enjoy eating more – it can help you to feel less self-conscious about your smile. Dr. Robert Bentz is a board certified prosthodontist (one of only 1500 in the world!) and he and his staff can help you find a solution for your missing teeth and any other issues you may have because of your cancer.

If you notice anything that looks unusual on your gums or in the tissue in your mouth, don’t hesitate to see your doctor or dentist – the earlier oral cancer is caught, the better the odds of effectively treating it. And if you are currently dealing with oral cancer or you want to discuss reconstruction after oral cancer, contact Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center. Call for an appointment today, at (610) 272-6949.


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