It can be scary and painful to have receding gums, but you don't need to worry. There are several steps you can take at home that may serve as effective treatment for receding gums, depending on the severity of the problem. The first step for addressing an oral health matter is to consult City Dental to find out whether your oral health requires further measures.
Causes of Gum Recession
Gingival recession, or gum recession, is what happens when gum tissue is recessed and lowers its position on the tooth, exposing the roots of the teeth. This can be caused by any number of life habits, and your course of treatment is often dependent on the cause of the problem.
The following are some of the most common causes of gum recession:
• Overly aggressive brushing or flossing. It's great to be enthusiastic about oral care, but according to an article in the Journal of Periodontology Online, you should make sure that you're brushing, not scrubbing! Never use a toothbrush that isn't labeled "soft
• Genetics. Your gums' characteristics are determined by your genetics, just as the rest of your body is. If one or both of your parents have gum recession, you're at a higher risk for receding gums.
• Abnormal tooth positioning. If your teeth are not in alignment to one another, gum recession can occur in this situation.
• Grinding your teeth, or bruxism. Do you often wake up with a headache? Does your spouse or partner complain that you grind your teeth? This habit can be the cause of many dental maladies, not just gum recession, so let City Dental know right away if you think you are grinding your teeth.
• Poor oral health. If your oral health habits are questionable, gum recession may be a result of periodontitis.
If you are only mildly affected by receding gums, that's great! Catching it early means that you likely won't require professional treatment to fix it. Our office will help you identify the cause and will instruct you in how to address it. You may have to re-evaluate your flossing habits, get a mouth guard and buy a different toothbrush, such as the Colgate® Slim Soft™ toothbrush.
If you do need treatment, City Dental will work with a periodontist, a gum specialist, to decide on the best course of action.
Depending on the cause of your gum recession, you may have to have surgical treatment. This procedure will be done by your periodontist and is called a gum graft. Your periodontist can tell you more about this procedure and what to expect.
Taking care of your oral health is very important. Your mouth is a great indicator of your general wellness, and an oral infection can affect your whole body. It is very important to keep up your regular visits with City Dental to prevent any future problems with your teeth or gums.