Dental Tips Blog

Jun
21

What Can You Do About Receding Gums?

Posted in Gum Disease

There’s an abundance of “natural” treatments targeting gum recession. If you suffer from receding gums, then you may be desperate enough to rub anything on them to make them stop shrinking!

What can you do to treat gum recession? Here are the facts your dentist wants you to know.

Gums Can’t Grow Back

Gum tissue does not grow back on its own. Once it’s lost, it’s gone for good. Despite the claims of some natural gum health products or at-home remedies, there is nothing that will make your receded gums grow back again.

Rubbing Your Gums Might Be Making Things Worse

Gentle massage is great for gum tissue. It promotes healthy blood circulation and stimulates your gums to keep them strong and less sensitive to irritants. But if you rub them too hard with something abrasive like sea salt, then you could actually speed up the recession. Check with your dentist before trying any at-home gum recession treatments.

The Only Ways to Treat Gum Recession

The very first thing you need to do is identify the cause of your gum recession. Sometimes it’s a hereditary factor that you can’t do much about. More often than not, however, gum recession is linked to problems or activities that irritate the gums.

These can include:

  • Rough edges on dental restorations
  • Brushing too hard
  • Improper flossing technique
  • Irritation or abrasion from teeth whitening products
  • Using a toothbrush with hard bristles
  • Inflammation from gum disease

Your dentist can help you identify such problems and put a stop to them to halt the recession. Later, if you want to restore the gums around your teeth, you may qualify for a gum graft procedure.

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

Sep
12

Why Are Your Gums Receding?

Posted in Receding Gums

Receding gums are usually marked by:

  • Long yellow tooth roots showing
  • Increased temperature sensitivity
  • More cavities along the gumlines

Gum recession happens slowly over time. Since you may not notice any of the signs listed above until it’s too late, however, it may seem like your gums shrunk away overnight.

What causes gums to recede?

Aggressively Brushing Your Teeth

Scrubbing at your gums too harshly or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can literally scrub your gums right off your teeth. Switching to a softer or powered toothbrush can help you be more gentle on your gums.

Poor Tooth Alignment

Crooked teeth put a strain on your gum’s elasticity. The constant pressure of biting on a tilted tooth will only push the gums further away. Putting the tooth back in line with orthodontic treatment may help prevent additional recession.

Plaque and Tartar

If plaque is left near the gums too long, it can trigger the swelling and shrinkage associated with periodontitis. Hardened dental plaque (tartar or calculus) is a mechanical irritant to delicate gum tissue.

Dental Appliances

Wearing anything else in your mouth on a regular basis has the potential to cause gum recession. Ill-fitting partial dentures, retainers, braces, mouth guards, and even oral piercings can chafe at the gum line.

Gum Disease

Inflamed and swollen gums are very taut and can pull away from the crowns of teeth, leading to tooth loss.

These are just a few of many potential causes of gum recession. If you notice your gums shrinking away from your teeth, then don’t wait any longer to get help. Visit your local dentist to identify possible causes and prevent more damage.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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