Gum recession, as it sounds, is the gradual process of the gums receding back from the teeth. The gum flesh that covers the teeth begins to wear down, exposing the tooth even, in some extreme cases, to the root. When this happens, pockets called “gaps” can start to form between gum tissue and tooth which is a haven for disease causing bacteria.
If gum recession is left unchecked and untreated, this can develop into serious infection and other complications.
There’s a number of reasons gum tissue can start to recede including periodontal diseases, your genetic predisposition, overly aggressive tooth hygiene practices, and insufficient dental care. Plenty of things both within your control and not, can be the cause of your gum tissue eroding back from your teeth. Luckily, there are some things you can do to combat the progress.
Below are some facts about gum disease and specifically gum recession that can help you make informed decisions about your treatment.
Sometimes gum disease comes from insufficient care. Whether you don’t go to the dentist enough to periodically check the status of your oral health or you skip brushing or flossing. On the flipside, overly aggressive hygiene can cause your gum tissue to wear away as well. Other factors include your genes getting involved and even hormonal changes in your body, especially for women who are in puberty, pregnant, or experiencing menopause.
Depending on how severe your gum recession is, you have a few options available to you. Your dentist can perform a thorough cleaning to ensure any bacteria are cleaned out and removing plaque and tartar build up. They also can prescribe antibiotics if you have an infection as a result and can do work to protect your tooth root if it is exposed due to gum recession. But if your gum recession has caused bone loss or deep pockets, a surgical cleaning may be necessary.
One surgical option available to you is what’s called pinhole surgical technique. This procedure is performed by making small holes in the gum tissue and utilizing specialized instruments to guide gum tissue back over where it has receded. It involves not cutting or need for stitches and offers a much quicker post-op recovery time than many other surgical techniques for this condition. It is an effective treatment for gum recession with many benefits.
What other causes are there for gum recession?
If you smoke or use other tobacco products, you put your teeth in danger. Grinding or clenching your teeth or having a misaligned bite can also cause wear on your gums
How can I prevent gum recession?
Take care of your teeth. Brush and floss regularly, see your dentist at least once a year, two times is recommended, make sure to cut back on sugar and tobacco products, and monitor any changes you notice in your mouth
Talk to your dentist about the health of your gums and find out which procedures will be right for you to keep your gums happy and healthy.
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