Gum recession is when the gums around your teeth gradually shrink away. This leaves the sensitive and dark yellow tooth roots exposed to food, air, and bacteria. Gum recession both looks and feels bad.
Gums Are Invaluable to Your Smile
Your gums prevent cavities from developing on tooth roots. They also form part of a network that helps nourish, anchor, and cushion your teeth in their sockets. Losing gums is an early step towards tooth loss.
How Gum Recession Happens
Receding gums can be a natural part of the aging process, especially if it runs in your family. Quite often, however, it’s due to irritation such as rough tooth brushing or pinching from a partial denture. It can also be the result of swelling from gum disease.
Do You Have Gum Recession?
Your gums might be receding if you notice:
Gum Recession Is Preventable!
Unfortunately, once your gums are lost they’re gone for good. They don’t grow back on their own. The good news is that you can usually do something to slow down or stop receding gums.
Start by making the switch to a toothbrush with soft bristles. Powered toothbrushes are also good for preventing gum recession. Try brushing with your non-dominant hand so that you use a little less pressure.
Ask your dentist to check your teeth to see if changes to your dental appliances or tooth alignment can stop gum recession. Your dentist may also recommend therapies for restoring lost gums or protecting the exposed tooth roots.
Call a general dentist in your area to learn more about saving your smile from gum recession.
Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Receding gums are usually marked by:
Gum recession happens slowly over time. Since you may not notice any of the signs listed above until it’s too late, however, it may seem like your gums shrunk away overnight.
What causes gums to recede?
Aggressively Brushing Your Teeth
Scrubbing at your gums too harshly or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can literally scrub your gums right off your teeth. Switching to a softer or powered toothbrush can help you be more gentle on your gums.
Poor Tooth Alignment
Crooked teeth put a strain on your gum’s elasticity. The constant pressure of biting on a tilted tooth will only push the gums further away. Putting the tooth back in line with orthodontic treatment may help prevent additional recession.
Plaque and Tartar
If plaque is left near the gums too long, it can trigger the swelling and shrinkage associated with periodontitis. Hardened dental plaque (tartar or calculus) is a mechanical irritant to delicate gum tissue.
Wearing anything else in your mouth on a regular basis has the potential to cause gum recession. Ill-fitting partial dentures, retainers, braces, mouth guards, and even oral piercings can chafe at the gum line.
Inflamed and swollen gums are very taut and can pull away from the crowns of teeth, leading to tooth loss.
These are just a few of many potential causes of gum recession. If you notice your gums shrinking away from your teeth, then don’t wait any longer to get help. Visit your local dentist to identify possible causes and prevent more damage.
Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
Long teeth are associated with things like lack of dental care or villains on horror movies. But the unfortunate reality is that many people are prone to getting longer teeth as they age.
How can you avoid the appearance of having long teeth due to a shrinking gum line?
Brushing too aggressively and/or with a coarse toothbrush is a fast way to irritate your gingiva and make them shrink back. Switch to a brush with softer bristles for gentler brushing.
Gum disease is what causes inflammation that makes gum infected, eventually causing them to pull away from teeth. Flossing removes bacteria that causes periodontal infections. So floss every day if you want to save your smile!
A gentle stream of water pressure can be very therapeutic for gum tissue, especially if you have trouble flossing. Water irrigators or water flossers are perfect for boosting your oral hygiene routine at home.
Gum recession can occur in some areas as a result of teeth grinding. By addressing a teeth-clenching habit, you may slow down or even stop gum recession. Stress is often to blame for the habit, so try some relaxation techniques to soothe away the tension.
Your dentist is the best source of personalized advice for avoiding gum recession. He or she will keep a record of your gum measurements to watch for signs that your gums are receding.
If you have some areas where long yellow tooth roots are showing already, then your dentist will also have some tips for restoring the area.
Call your dentist today to learn more about options like gum re-contouring, gum grafting and periodontal therapy.
Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
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