Posted: August 3, 2020
Gum recession may be a simple consequence of aging. It can also be caused by periodontal disease or poor oral hygiene.
Receding gums can expose the roots of teeth. This increases risks for tooth sensitivity and may even lead to infection. What’s more, gum tissue pulling away from the teeth creates pockets in which bacteria can hide – causing infection and gum disease which may result in tooth shifting and tooth loss. Advanced periodontal disease may also lead to issues such as bone loss and an increased risk for several deadly diseases.
Treatments for Receding Gums
Deep cleaning, scaling and root planing, and other treatments for periodontal disease may assist with receding gums. These treatments are designed to remove bacteria and infection from below the gum line, allowing the gums to heal and, in some cases, gum tissue to restore. In severe cases, gum surgery, include bone and soft tissue grafts, may be needed to correct gum recession.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gums may recede due to age or genetics. Gum recession may be linked to changes in hormones as well. Brushing too hard or not brushing enough can both lead to gum recession, as can issues such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Tobacco use increases risks for gum recession. Bruxism (tooth grinding) does as well. Lip, tongue, and cheek piercings can also cause gum recession. These three things are also responsible for enamel loss and can increase risks for TMJ.
Can Gum Recession be Prevented?
Don’t use tobacco products, refrain from oral piercings, and avoid tooth grinding. If you grind your teeth, talk to Dr. Evola about an occlusal splint. These actions will help prevent your exacerbating gum recession.
Proper oral hygiene is important. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to brush your teeth after every meal. Floss before you brush both morning and night. Visit our Depew office every six months for professional cleanings and examinations. These actions will help prevent your gums from receding in the first place.
If you are struggling with receding gums, call Forestream Dental at 716-656-8686 and schedule your consultation today.