Age, tooth alignment, smoking, and other factors can cause gum recession. It’s often impossible to prevent.
Yet, there are five good reasons you should try to slow down and repair gum recession if it happens to you.
Exposed tooth roots are very sensitive without the protective covering of gum tissue. You may have more and more difficulty with drinking hot tea or ice water.
Tooth roots lack the hard enamel coating that the upper part of your teeth have. Without enamel, roots can quickly develop aggressive cavities that eat right through the tooth.
Gum recession only gets worse as time goes on. In severe cases, it can pull enough gum tissue away that your teeth get loose.
No matter how much you whiten, there’s not much that will change the look of long yellow teeth. Recession exposes tooth roots which are naturally dark. That color won’t bleach out.
Gum recession can be caused by many other issues. One of those is gum disease, which is relatively painless. Receding gums could be a sign of a chronic gum infection that needs immediate attention.
What You Can Do About Gum Recession
The most important and sometimes only thing you can do is protect the exposed teeth. Extra fluoride or other remineralization treatments can help prevent erosion, decay, and sensitivity.
Your dentist or periodontist can provide treatments to restore lost gum tissue. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to find out more about combating gingival recession.
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Dental Care of Acworth
5552 Robin Road Suite A
Acworth GA 30103
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