Gum recession can give the undesirable impression of having long yellow teeth. Receding gumlines also has more serious consequences, making teeth very sensitive and exposed to cavities.
If you are already suffered from receding gums, then you may be hoping they’ll grow back.
Gum Recession – Not Reversible, But Still Preventable
Unfortunately, once your gums shrink down they don’t grow back. The best thing you can do is stop the recession by correcting or avoiding things that cause it, including:
How You Can Treat Gum Recession
While the gums don’t grow back, you can still do something to protect your exposed teeth.
Dental bonding is one option. Your dentist can apply a small amount of filling material to the exposed roots. This will make them look white like the rest of the tooth and protect them from decay. Dental veneers can play a similar role.
In more severe cases, your dentist may recommend gum graft to restore the lost tissue.
Oral Hygiene Considerations if You Have Gum Recession
Until you’re able to undo the effects of gum recession, it’s important to do all you can to protect your teeth and gums.
Switch to a soft- or extra soft-bristled toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are also good to use on delicate gum tissue and sensitive teeth.
Get plenty of fluoride through toothpaste and rinses. This mineral will strengthen teeth exposed by gum recession and increase their defenses against cavities.
See a dentist or gum health specialist as soon as possible to find out how you can repair the effects of gum recession.
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Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
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