In case you aren’t aware, gum recession is when the tissue that covers the roots of your teeth wears away, causing more and more of your tooth to become exposed. Over time, it can become so severe that your roots are exposed, leading to severe sensitivity, the buildup of bacteria, development of cavities, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, Dr. Carimi can help.
The Causes of Gum Recession
Why do people develop gum recession? Here are a few causes:
- One of the biggest is periodontal disease, a bacterial gum infection that destroys the supportive gum tissue holding your teeth in place.
- Insufficient or excessive dental care, whether it’s brushing and flossing too hard or not brushing and flossing enough.
- Tooth grinding or clenching — also known as Bruxism — can cause loss of bone and gum support, leading to gum loss and root exposure.
- Finally, it could just be a case of bad genes. As much as a 33% of us are naturally susceptible to gum recession, regardless of how well we take care of our teeth.
How to Prevent Receding Gums
The best way to prevent receding gums is to visit us at Clements Ferry Dentistry regularly and follow suggested dental hygiene habits at home. Brush and floss daily! A custom-made occlusal guard or night guard can help prevent further loss of gums.
Gum Recession Treatment
There are several options for treating gum recession, both surgical and non-surgical. If it’s a mild case of gum recession with no loss of attached gums, Dr. Carimi may just recommend a night guard and occlusal adjustment. If there is excessive root exposure, loss of attached gum tissue or severe sensitivity gingival plastic surgery, also known as a gum graft, may be best your best option.
If you’d like to know more about ensuring you have healthy gums, contact us to schedule a consultation today. (Also, be sure to ask about complimentary nitrous oxide!)