Dental Tips Blog

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

Aug
20

Can Gum Recession Cause Tooth Loss?

Posted in Gum Disease

You may have receding gums if you notice your teeth…

  • Are more temperature-sensitive than before
  • Are beginning to look longer and yellower
  • Feel an uncomfortable zing when you brush close to the gum line

Common causes of receding gums include rough tooth brushing, poor tooth alignment, smoking, gum disease, and excess tartar buildup.

Right now, you’re probably wondering what danger gum recession could pose for your teeth.

Why Gum Recession Is Bad News

Without gums to protect tooth roots, your teeth will be at increased risk for developing sensitivity and decay. They lack the protective enamel covering the upper part of teeth have.

Your gums are secured to the underlying bone that supports your teeth. If that bone disappears, then there’s nothing for the gums to grow onto. The gum line can’t grow any higher than the level of the bone.

This means that if your gums have receded far enough to expose the entire tooth root and risk it falling out, then you have a bigger problem with your bone than with your gums.

Bone-loss and accompanying severe gum recession can be caused by:

  • Trauma to jaw
  • A habit of teeth-clenching
  • Gum disease that has infected bone

Stop Gums from Receding

No matter how little gum recession you may have, do your teeth a favor and make it stop!

Ask your dentist whether a small change to your routine or habits can spare your gums any further damage. If your teeth have already lost a lot of gum and bone support, then you may be a candidate for tissue grafting to save your tooth.

Call your local dental office today to schedule a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Dec
18

Toothbrush Abrasion

Posted in Gum Disease

If you aren’t careful, your toothbrush can actually damage your teeth and gums – really! While medium and hard bristled toothbrushes are available at most major retailers, they are highly abrasive to your teeth. Even if a soft brush is used improperly it can also damage tooth enamel and gum tissue.

Toothbrush abrasion is a condition where a notch of tooth enamel is removed from your tooth, near the gumline. This usually happens over an extended period of time due to aggressive brushing. Tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body, but even it can succumb to excessive daily force!

Abrasion can cause aesthetic concerns as well as tooth sensitivity. Usually abrasion is also combined with gum recession, where the gums pull back from excess pressure during brushing.  Treatment options include gum recontouring or gum tissue grafts.

Proper brushing should be done with a soft or extra soft bristled brush, with only enough pressure to cause gentle blanching of the tissues. Any pressure more forceful than this may cause tooth damage. When brushing, make short, small strokes on just 2 teeth at a time, instead of wide strokes across several teeth. Take your time. People that get in a rush tend to brush more aggressively.

Breaking the habit of hard brushing is a difficult one to make but is the only way to prevent toothbrush abrasion. If you’re having a hard time transitioning, consider using a high quality electric brush. Concentrate on holding the brush in place and allowing it to do all of the work for you. At first it may feel like you’re not cleaning your teeth as efficiently, because you aren’t scrubbing the teeth. In the end your teeth will be just as clean with a soft bristled brush, or even cleaner if you use an electric toothbrush.

 

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