Gum recession refers to the gradual loss of the gum line around a tooth or multiple teeth. This can be caused by several factors, such as gum disease, genetics, poor oral hygiene habits, and brushing your teeth too hard. If you notice that you have developed some pockets around your teeth, this could indicate this condition. Your gums may start to recede slowly over time without you noticing it, or you may notice significant redness and inflammation near the affected area.
To prevent additional complications from developing with your teeth and gums due to gum recession, you should visit our dentist at First Smile Family Dental, as soon as possible to receive treatment for your receding gums. Our dentist may recommend a treatment plan that involves deep cleanings, tooth extraction, or other procedures.
The Causes of Receding Gums
The most common cause of gum recession is gum disease, caused by bacterial infection and inflammation of the gums and supporting structures.
Brushing the teeth too hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can contribute to gum recession.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Inadequate oral hygiene practices can lead to the accumulation of plaque and tartar, which can cause gum disease and gum recession.
Some individuals may be more prone to gum recession due to genetic factors and thin gum tissue.
Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can make gums more sensitive to recession.
Smoking or using tobacco products can negatively affect gum health and contribute to gum recession.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Excessive grinding or teeth clenching can put excessive pressure on the gums, leading to recession.
Teeth that are misaligned or poorly positioned can put pressure on the gums, leading to recession over time.
Treatment for Receding Gums
Oral Hygiene Improvement
Proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, can help prevent further gum recession.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional cleanings can remove plaque and tartar buildup, reducing the risk of gum disease and halting further recession.
In more severe cases of gum recession, a surgical procedure called gum grafting may be performed. This involves taking tissue from another area of the mouth and grafting it onto the affected gums to cover exposed tooth roots.
Scaling and Root Planing
This deep cleaning procedure treats gum disease and removes bacteria and tartar below the gum line.
Correcting misaligned teeth or bite issues can help reduce pressure on the gums and prevent further recession.
It's essential to consult with our dentist if you notice signs of gum recession. They can evaluate the extent of the recession, determine the underlying cause, and recommend appropriate treatment options to address the condition and prevent further complications. Visit First Smile Family Dental at 32717 1st Ave S., Suite 9, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 785-7323 for the best dental care.