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!