In addition to your teeth, your gums are equally as important for a healthy smile. Unfortunately, there may come a time when you notice changes to their appearance, like gum recession. While this is often considered to be a natural part of the aging process, there is nothing normal about it. When more of the tooth’s roots become exposed, it can lead to serious oral health complications. To stop the loss of the tissue, it is best to see your dentist right away to find the underlying cause of the problem. With quick intervention, you can help to stop damages to your oral health.
Why are My Gums Receding?
Gum recession can be due to a variety of underlying issues, such as:
- Aggressive flossing
- Over brushing or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- Exposure to acidic foods or drinks
- Tobacco use
- Frequent use of whitening products
- Gum disease
Finding the cause of the problem will help to create a proactive treatment plan to stop future complications.
How Can I Stop Gum Recession?
Depending on the exact cause of the problem, your treatment plan will vary.
Aggressive Oral Hygiene Habits: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid pressing too hard when cleaning your teeth. In addition, it is best to pay careful attention when flossing to avoid causing irritation or damage to the gum tissue.
Bruxism: You can help to prevent damage from clenching or grinding the teeth with the use of a mouthguard.
Acidic Foods: Limit your consumption of sugary or acidic foods to protect your gum tissue and your enamel.
Tobacco: It is best to stop using tobacco in any form to prevent complications with your oral and overall health.
Whitening Products: Although you want a whiter smile, using whitening treatment too often will damage your gum tissue and your enamel. Speak with your dentist about safely using these products to protect your smile.
Gum Disease: Gum disease not only damages your oral health, but your general health as well. To reduce the risk of irreversible complications, seek treatment for gum disease at the first sign of infection, like bleeding, swollen, or red gums.
Can I Reverse the Damage?
If gum recession has become a significant problem, your dentist may recommend a gum grafting procedure. This involves placing human tissue from a donor or from your own body over the areas of exposed tooth root. This will create a more even gum line while also protecting the roots of your teeth from decay and stopping tooth sensitivity.
Restore Your Smile
At the first sign of gum recession, it is best to see your dentist right away. The sooner you begin treatment, the quicker the complications can be stopped to restore a beautiful, healthy smile.
About Bethel Dental Clinic
Bethel Dental Clinic believes that a healthy smile starts here. We create personalized treatment plans to promote the health of your teeth and gums. If you are experiencing a receding gum line, do not wait. Contact our office today to start your customized treatment plan.