Dental Tips Blog

Sep
11

Long Teeth: What Causes Them and What You Can Do About Them

Posted in Gum Disease

Come Halloween time, many people are thinking up scary costumes to put on for parties and outings. Yet it seems that the scariest features are the ones that don’t come off when you remove the mask!

Realizing that your teeth are getting longer can be a terrifying experience.

What causes this condition? Is there anything you can do to prevent it?

Gum Recession Causes Long Teeth

It’s probably not that your teeth are getting longer but that your gums are getting shorter. Gum recession is when the tissue that normally covers your teeth shrinks away and exposes the long yellow roots.

Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors:

  • Brushing your teeth too hard or using a rough toothbrush
  • Clenching and grinding your teeth
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Gum disease
  • Poor tooth alignment
  • Age

How to Prevent Long Teeth

There may be some gum recession factors that you have no control over. But by changing up a few small things in your daily routine, you should be able to slow down the damage.

For example, try switching to a toothbrush with soft or even extra soft bristles. Swap the manual toothbrush for a powered one that cleans your teeth for you with just the right amount of pressure.

What about the damage that’s already been done? Your dentist can recommend a few solutions for protecting your exposed teeth and keeping them bright and healthy. Dental bonding and fluoride treatments are very good for fixing long teeth. In extreme cases, you may even qualify for gum grafting to replace the lost tissue.

Ask your dentist for more advice on how to make your teeth look shorter and less scary!

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Aug
4

Is Gum Recession Destroying Your Smile?

Posted in Receding Gums

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:

  • Teeth getting longer and yellower
  • Tooth sensitivity to temperature changes
  • Puffy sore gums

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
(770) 921-1115

Apr
18

Is Gum Recession Reversible?

Posted in Gum Disease

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:

  • Gum disease
  • Irritating dental fillings or appliances
  • Rough toothbrushing
  • Crooked teeth
  • Teeth clenching habits
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Oral jewelry

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.

Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
(646) 504-4377

Oct
22

Can Gums Grow Back?

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum loss is a pretty big deal, since gums are supposed to provide protection and support for tooth roots. Without them, teeth can develop cavities on their roots and become very sensitive.

So is there any chance of your gums growing back once a little bit is lost?

Unfortunately, no.

Gums grow to a set height in proportion with the underlying bone. If that bone is lost, the gums cannot reform all the way up to cover the tooth root. It would have nothing to attach to and be very floppy! Gingiva worn away from the front of teeth also cannot regrow. They’ve lost the elastic tissue that attaches them to root surfaces.

How to Restore Lost Gums

Your gums won’t grow back on their own once they’re lost. But there are a few ways you can prevent further damage and protect your teeth.

Get treatment for gum disease – Gum recession caused by infection will only continue to worsen. Ask your dentist for a gum health exam and gum disease treatment to stop the disease progression.

Switch toothbrushes – Go for a brush with soft bristles or even a powered toothbrush to reduce how hard you’re scrubbing.

Try gum or bone grafting – Some areas of your mouth can be repaired by grafting in tissue to serve as a scaffold to help new gingiva attach.

Have your teeth bonded – Dental bonding patches up exposed roots and fills in gaps between teeth with a tooth-colored filling. This protects roots exposed by gum loss and helps close empty spaces.

Visit your local dentist for help in identifying the cause behind your lost gums and to find out what treatment options are available.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Apr
22

5 Reasons Why Gum Recession is Bad for Your Smile

Posted in Periodontics

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.

  1. Your Teeth Will Get More Sensitive

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.

  1. Your Cavity Risk Will Increase

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.

  1. Your Teeth Can Lose Support

Gum recession only gets worse as time goes on. In severe cases, it can pull enough gum tissue away that your teeth get loose.

  1. Your Smile Won’t Look Nice

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.

  1. It Can Signal a Serious Underlying Problem

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.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care of Acworth
5552 Robin Road Suite A
Acworth GA 30103
678-888-1554

Feb
11

5 Ways to Prevent Gum Recession and Long Teeth

Posted in Receding Gums

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?

  1. Use a softer toothbrush.

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.

  1. Floss daily.

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!

  1. Irrigate your gums.

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.

  1. De-stress!

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.

  1. See your dentist.

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
(770) 514-1224

Jan
21

Prevent Gum Recession with 3 Methods

Posted in Gum Disease

Gums recede for a number of reasons. A lot of these have to do with your current oral health and genetic background, which can be impossible to prevent. Some causes, however, are things you do have control over.

  1. Practice Gentle Brushing

A life-long habit of aggressive brushing takes a definite toll on gums. Gums are very sensitive to pressure and will pull away from the tooth if they are scrubbed too hard.

Try swapping your toothbrush to your non-dominant hand. It will feel awkward, but this will force you to “think” about how to brush instead of just doing it by habit. Using a toothbrush with extra-soft bristles is also a good idea.

  1. Cut Out the Tobacco

If you use tobacco in any form, you can bet that it’s contributing to your receding gums.

Ingredients inside of and smoke associated with tobacco products are irritating to gum tissue and contribute to the development of gum disease. When you quit the habit, you’ll halt the advancing gum-loss.

  1. Get a Mouthguard

Your gums respond to pressure on your teeth. As teeth bite together, they put stress on the ligaments around them. This is normal, but if you clench your teeth too often, you’ll strain the gums around your teeth. A habit of grinding your teeth in your sleep can manifest itself in gum recession.

A dentist can set you up with a specialized mouthguard that will prevent your teeth from closing together all the way.

When your gums shrink away, your teeth look longer, yellower, and older. They’ll also probably become more sensitive and prone to decay. Besides all this, gum recession means less support keeping your teeth in place.

To get more help in combating recession, contact your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Moores Chapel Dentistry
9115 Samlen Lane #105
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 389-9299

Aug
15

Tobacco-induced Gum Recession

Posted in Oral Cancer

Smokeless tobacco, dip, or snuff can cause a few different side effects in your mouth that your dentist will want to monitor at your check-ups. Staining and oral cancer are a couple of examples, but another one is gum recession.

Gum recession is when gum tissues creep further down the roots of the tooth, exposing the length of the tooth to external elements. The reason why recession is a problem is that it can cause tooth sensitivity as well as make the tooth lose supportive structures on one side. In some cases, the recession caused by smokeless tobacco may be so severe that the entire length of the tooth is exposed and the tooth could fall out of the mouth.

How can you tell if you have gum recession? Gum tissues should appear even throughout the mouth, and come all the way up to the white crown portion of the tooth. If yellow root surfaces are exposed, then gum recession has occurred.

What does smokeless tobacco have to do with gum recession? Well, the nicotine inside of the tobacco needs a way to get into your body. To do this, tobacco manufacturers place small glass particles into the smokeless tobacco. This mild irritating capability allows the nicotine to be absorbed, but it also damages the soft mucosal tissues.

If you use smokeless tobacco, be sure to have your dentist check the areas where you hold the snuff during the day. These “pouch” areas are at an increased risk of developing precancerous tissue and gum recession. You should have an examination and oral cancer screening at least every 6 months to monitor changes or progress in conditions such as these.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Eberhard, Mockingbird Dental Associates

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Aug
1

Three Causes of Gum Recession

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum recession can cause tooth sensitivity and esthetic concerns. As gums recede, they also jeopardize the health of your mouth. If there isn’t enough healthy tissue and bone around your tooth, it can become mobile and even fall out. Knowing how to prevent and halt gum recession is important.

Gum disease

Periodontal disease causes gum tissue to detach from the teeth, as well as bone loss. As a side effect, gum tissue often creeps down the root of the tooth, leaving it exposed. People with gum disease typically begin experiencing symptoms of food packing, bleeding, and tenderness. 

Tobacco use

Smokeless tobacco use can cause aggressive gum recession in areas where the tobacco is held in the mouth. Even with moving the tobacco from place to place, the gums can experience recession. Cigarette use can cause other symptoms of gum disease to go unnoticed until recession begins to occur. 

Aggressive toothbrushing

Have you been told to brush with a soft toothbrush? That’s because using a medium or hard bristled brush can actually damage your gum tissue. Even scrubbing too hard with a soft brush can create irreversible enamel abrasion as well as gum recession. Stick with a gentle brush and apply only a light amount of pressure, making short strokes on one or two teeth at a time.

Since gum recession is irreversible, some people may find themselves in need of having a gum graft. Grafting helps to re-cover severe areas of recession. Smaller areas may have tooth colored bonding placed instead. If you’ve noticed recession, no matter how small, it’s time to see your dentist!

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

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Mar
13

3 Hidden Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Posted in Periodontics

Sensitive teeth can happen for a number of reasons, making certain foods uncomfortable to eat, dental cleanings not-so-fun, and even cause sporadic pain throughout the day. Although there are several different causes of tooth sensitivity, here are 3 of the most obvious causes that plague dental patients:

Using whitening products.

Whitening treatments, even toothpastes, tend to open up the pores of tooth enamel in order for stains to be lifted. For some people, this can cause mild (or in rare circumstances, even severe) sensitivity. If the sensitivity stops after the product use is discontinued, then most people know that’s what the cause was and they don’t have to worry about other types of problems. Giving up your whitening toothpaste may be all that is needed, or using a sensitivity toothpaste in conjunction with the whitening product that you’re using, in order to counteract the effects.

Gum recession.

Exposed root surfaces due to gum recession make the porous tooth tissue exposed to external factors that it wasn’t designed for. Air, foods, toothbrushing, or any external stimuli can cause those teeth to experience varying levels of sensitivity. Your dentist can treat gum recession using a gum graft if sensitivity products don’t help relieve the symptoms.

Cavities.

That’s right…teeth that are sensitive to foods with a sweetness to them, such as desserts, sweet tea, or juice are typically a red flag for existing tooth decay. If sweet sensitivity doesn’t go away within a few days, then you need to see your dentist as soon as possible in order for the cavity to be caught when it’s small.

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

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