Besides your teeth, your gums are equally important for a healthy smile. Next to an infection called periodontal disease, a receding gum line can also be devastating for your oral health. When your teeth start to appear larger as the tissue shrinks away from them, it may not seem like a large concern at first. Over time, it can lead to the loss of your teeth. Your dentist can help find the cause of your receding gum line to save your smile before it is too late.
Causes of Gum Recession
When your gingival tissue pulls away from your teeth, it causes their root surfaces to be exposed. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, like tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking something that is hot or cold. As you lose more gum tissue, your teeth can become loose and eventually fall out.
If you have gum recession, it does not need to be a death sentence for your smile. Instead, your dentist will help you find the root cause, which may include:
Aggressive Brushing and Flossing
Using a hard-bristled toothbrush or pushing too hard can slowly wear away at your gum tissue. Flossing too aggressively can damage the tissue as well. It is best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and be careful how hard you brush. If you have difficulty with aggressive brushing, many electric toothbrushes have a sensor to alert you when you are pushing too hard.
Your family’s oral health history can also impact your risk of gum recession. If you are genetically predisposed, your dentist can create a treatment plan to help protect your smile.
Poorly Aligned Teeth
Alignment issues with your teeth can cause them to push down on your gingival tissue when they rub together. Orthodontics can move your teeth into their correct positions to protect your gum tissue. This also makes your teeth easier to clean to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Grinding and clenching your teeth can wear away at your enamel and your gum tissue. A nightguard acts as a protective barrier to prevent damage to your smile.
Untreated gum disease destroys your gingival tissue and the supporting structures for your teeth. Your dentist can stop the spread of the infection with periodontal therapy.
Restore a Healthy Smile
Often, you can stop gum recession from worsening if you act quickly. In most cases, simple changes at home and with the guidance of your dentist, you can save your smile. Do not wait until it is too late.
About Bethel Dental
Bethel Dental believes a healthy smile starts here. We work hard to protect the health of your teeth and gums, but sometimes damage can still occur. We offer the customized solutions you need to rehabilitate your oral health. If you have gum recession, we can prevent it from worsening or repair the damage. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.