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Dec
6

How to Correct Gum Recession

Posted in Gum Disease

First of all, the bad news is that once lost, gum tissue doesn’t really grow back. This is particularly true of the margin of gumlines that you see when you smile.

Since gums are necessary for protecting and anchoring teeth in place, what can you do to treat teeth affected by gum recession?

Causes of “Long Teeth”

An important step is figuring out what has been causing the recession so that you can put an end to whatever is bothering your gums. If you leave the source of irritation, then the recession will only get worse.

Gum recession is commonly attributed to:

  • Poorly fitted restorations
  • Tooth brushing techniques
  • Habits like nail-biting
  • Plaque and tartar buildup
  • Teeth grinding or clenching

How to Treat Gum Recession

If your recession is caused by something like periodontal disease, then a deep cleaning may be enough to eliminate infection and swelling. This encourages the gums to heal tightly against the tooth once again.

Even after you get gum disease under control, you might find that more help is needed. In some cases, a regenerative agent can encourage the deep layers of gum tissue to regrow and attach more firmly to the tooth.

The last resort is grafting. Gum grafting takes a small amount of tissue from another area and places it over exposed teeth.

Great oral hygiene is very important to preventing gum recession. If your gums are creeping further away from your tooth, it’s all the more important to care for your mouth the right way. There are many other recommendations for protecting teeth affected by recession, so ask  your dentist about what procedures are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Atencio Family Dentistry
3773 Baker Ln #3
Reno, NV 89509
(775) 829-8684

Dec
27

4 Causes of Gum Recession

Receding gumlines leave sensitive tooth roots exposed. They also pose both aesthetic and dental health concerns. If you’re starting to notice your gumlines creep further up the roots of your teeth (or even before you have,) you should be aware of these 4 factors that may be causing the problem: 

Aggressive Brushing

Scrubbing too hard or using a medium to stiff bristled brush can be too much for your delicate gum tissues. Heavy back and forth pressure won’t just cause the gums to recede; it will also erode your tooth enamel away (you may even notice notches in your enamel along the gumlines.) Always use a soft or extra soft brush with very mild pressure. It will clean better than you might expect!

Clenching and Grinding

The signs of bruxism (clenching and grinding) are very similar to what you see from aggressive toothbrushing. However, you will also note flattened biting surfaces or even broken dental restorations.

Gum Disease

One of the biggest signs of periodontal disease is receding gumlines. Other things to watch out for include bad breath and food packing around your teeth. The gums will detach from your tooth if you have gum disease, making the teeth look longer. Get care quickly before you lose your tooth altogether! 

Tooth Alignment

Did you know that crooked teeth are more likely to have receding gumlines? The pressure placed on your soft tissues when teeth are out of alignment may cause the gums to “pull” away.

If your gum recession is severe, you may need a graft. Contact your dentist as soon as you start seeing changes in your gums. It will help you keep your smile healthy for life!

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

Jul
9

Are All Electric Toothbrushes Created Equal?

Posted in Periodontics

You’ve probably heard that electric toothbrushes clean the teeth better than manual toothbrushes. If you’ve decided to purchase an electric brush, you may now be wondering if a certain type of brush is better than another. The designs, prices, and features of electric toothbrushes can vary greatly, so you’ll want to make an informed decision about your investment.

The first thing a person should look for when purchasing an electric toothbrush is the quality of the bristles. A stiff-bristled brush will not clean the teeth any better, it will only cause excessive abrasion to the teeth and irritation to the gum tissue. Gum recession may be a result which often requires gum graft surgery. Instead, select a soft bristled brush. As bristles wear out over a few months, a high-quality brush will feature interchangeable heads that can be replaced.

Choose a brush that is the appropriate size. A larger toothbrush head won’t clean more teeth at a time, it will just make it difficult to clean teeth in narrow areas of the mouth. Focus on brushing 2 teeth at a time, and choose a brush head in that width.

You will get what you pay for! Most economy priced electric brushes will not last as long or do a poorer job at removing plaque from the teeth. Consider looking up clinical studies on your top 3 brush picks, to see which one cleans the teeth best.

Do you want to be able to share the brush with another person? Some brands make interchangeable heads that can easily be switched out between siblings or spouses.

No matter how much you spend on an electric brush, you should be brushing for a minimum of two minutes twice a day. The brush doesn’t mean you can brush faster, it just means you’ll brush more efficiently!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics

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