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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


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


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


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



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



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.


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



Are Hard or Soft Bristles Best?

Posted in Oral Surgery

There are so many types of toothbrushes available on the oral care aisle, not to mention the selection of bristle types. Which type of bristle is best – hard, medium, or soft? Even when their dentist tells them which one to try, many patients go with the complete opposite. Does it really matter which one you choose, and does it affect your oral tissues?

One type of bristle can actually do physical damage to your tooth enamel and gum tissues over time. Which one is it? Hard bristles – especially when someone scrub brushes very firmly, a hard bristled toothbrush can physically wear away tooth enamel and cause gum recession which may require gum graft surgery. Both of these conditions are irreversible and lead to sensitivity and aesthetic concerns.

The best type of toothbrush to use is one with soft bristles. Softer brushes are gentler on the gum tissue, tooth enamel, and provide just as effective plaque removal as other types of brushes. Gently massaging the gumlines can remove plaque from below the surface without causing irreversible gum recession due to excess forces. Even though you’re choosing a brush with soft bristles, you should still make sure that you’re not pushing too firmly when you brush. Scrubbing hard with a softer brush can still cause some dental wear.

Medium bristled toothbrushes are still too firm to use on your teeth. If you’re unsure whether or not you have enamel abrasion and gum recession from hard brushing, you can ask your hygienist to check. The areas around your premolars or canines are typically the most susceptible, and damage is first evident in these locations. Catching wear as early as possible can prevent dental problems later on.

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



What Causes Gum Recession?

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum recession can create an unsightly appearance in your smile, elevate tooth sensitivity and place your tooth at risk for premature loss. Most gum recession can be prevented, but in some cases it may occur due to anatomical reasons. Here is an overview of common causes of gum recession:

Abrasive Toothbrushing
Scrubbing the teeth too hard, or with a medium to stiff bristled toothbrush can encourage the gum tissue to creep further down the root of the tooth. It can also scrub enamel right off of the tooth. Instead, use a soft bristled brush with only enough pressure to cause light blanching in the gum tissue.

Tobacco Use
Chewing tobacco that is kept against particular teeth is so abrasive that it destroys the gum tissue. This is due to ingredients such as ground glass particles evident in the chewing tobacco, which is used to increase nicotine uptake into the body. Chronic irritation from the chewing tobacco causes a cumulative effect that often results in severe recession. Smoking also contributes to gum recession as it prevents nutrients from flowing through blood vessels to correct conditions like gingivitis or gum disease.

Tooth Misalignment or Orthodontic Treatment
The position of teeth may predispose them to gum recession. Accelerated orthodontic therapy may also have side effects of gum tissue being lost around teeth with severe malocclusion.

Oral Piercings
Most oral piercings in the lip area will cause a slight rubbing of the back of the jewelry against the gums or near the gumline inside of the mouth. This constant rubbing of the metal against the gums will cause the gums to creep away, falling down the root of the teeth.

Treatments such as gum grafting are available to help repair areas of severe gum recession, but early intervention is the best care possible!


Treatment Options for Receding Gums

Posted in Uncategorized

Receding gums is a common oral health issue that many people don’t even notice because it happens so gradually.  Once gum recession has been diagnosed, it needs to be treated before it progresses and causes further damage to the gums  and teeth.  Without treatment, gaps form between the teeth and gum line that allow bacteria to build up and cause gum disease that can ultimately lead to damage to the gums and jawbone and result in tooth loss.

There are several options for treating receding gums.  Gum tissue grafts are a common and effective method to replace missing gum tissue.  Your dentist will remove tissue from the roof of your mouth or from nearby healthy gums and suture the tissue to the gums at the gum line.

If pockets have formed, your dentist may recommend a pocket depth reduction. During this procedure, your dentist will open up the pockets that have formed in the gums at the base of the tooth and clean out the harmful bacteria.  The gum tissue will then be securely stitched in place, closing the pocket and preventing harmful bacteria from  entering.

In more serious cases where the supporting bone has been damaged, regeneration is needed.  As in a pocket reduction, the dentist opens the pockets and cleans out the harmful bacteria.  A regenerative material will be applied to the area and the gum tissue will be secured to the root of the teeth.

Your dentist will explain your options and recommend a treatment plan that will best address your condition.   To prevent gum disease from occurring, brush carefully with a soft bristled brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist at least annually and better yet, twice a year for a dental cleaning and examination.

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