Have you noticed tooth pain, exposed roots, elongated teeth, or even loose teeth? If so, you could be experiencing symptoms of gum recession. It’s important to recognize these symptoms right away so that treatment can be issued to stop gum recession in its tracks.
Gum recession is when the margin of surrounding gum tissue begins to wear away or pull back, exposing more and more of the tooth as time goes by. For obvious reasons, this can lead to serious periodontal issues such as disease, tooth damage, and even tooth loss.
Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors. It can arise simply through old age, or be caused by poor oral hygiene or certain medical conditions such as diabetes.
Brushing your teeth too hard can even have a negative impact on your gumline. Rather than scrubbing with a hard-bristled toothbrush as some of us have been taught to do (to “scrub the plaque off our teeth”), instead use a soft toothbrush and let the bristles do the work, not your biceps.
Can Gum Recession Be Reversed?
Unfortunately, nothing can be done to reverse gum recession – any damage that’s already been done will remain so. However, plenty of steps can be taken to stop gum recession and reduce your risk of accelerated periodontal disease.
Mild gum recession increases the likelihood of bacteria growing and multiplying in the pockets around the affected area. This can facilitate the development of gum disease, which can then lead to more significant issues such as tooth decay and even tooth loss.
If the gum recession is more severe, then a procedure called “gum grafting” may be in order. In this procedure, gum tissue would be taken from somewhere else in the mouth and attached to the area of lost tissue around the tooth. Once the area heals properly, the graft can protect the once-exposed tooth root and restore a natural look to the gumline.
How do I Keep My Gums Healthy?
Once any scaling, planing, or surgery is complete, it’s important to keep up your healthy habits to maintain your newly healthy gums. Using an electric toothbrush twice a day and flossing will remove stubborn food particles and reduce the risk of plaque and tartar buildup. Rinsing with a receding gums mouthwash will wash away the last of the microscopic particles your brush may have missed.
On top of all that, keeping up your timely visits with your dentist is a great way to stay on track. Ready to give your gums the care they deserve? Give Susquehanna Dental Arts a call at 717-285-7033 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!