The gradual loss of gum tissue over time is known as gingival recession or gum recession. After the age of 40 this is a very common condition but if left untreated it can cause your roots to be dangerously exposed. Unlike other dental issues, it is not easily detected in the early stages because the changes occur very slowly. Some patients have even experienced symptoms while they are still in their teens.
Besides genetics, there are several factors that can contribute to gum recession including:
- Poor Oral Hygiene: Daily brushing and flossing are vital to your oral health and your best defense against gum disease and tooth decay. When toxin-laden plaque is allowed to build up it can cause an infection that destroys your gums as well as the underlying bone.
- Tobacco Use: Use of tobacco products, especially chewing tobacco or snuff, greatly irritates the gingival lining which eventually contributes to gum recession.
- Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection
- Brushing Technique: When it comes to brushing, there is such thing as too much of a good thing. Vigorous brushing or the use of a stiff toothbrush actually damages your gums rather than helping them.
Gum recession will become progressively worse so it’s very important to make an appointment if you are experiencing increased sensitivity to hot and cold; visible roots; teeth that appear longer than they used to; inflammation; bleeding; or chronic bad breath–gum recession could be the cause. The good news is that there are many surgical and non-surgical treatment options available.
Each case of gum recession is unique and treatment depends on the underlying problem that caused it. A thorough examination is the best way to evaluate the severity of the disease and determine the root cause. It can be as simple as switching to a softer toothbrush or having a subgingival scaling and root planing to undo the tartar buildup caused from poor oral hygiene. Receding gums are a widespread problem that is easily treated by periodontists every day.
After we have treated the cause of your gingival recession, we can perform cosmetic and restorative procedures like gum tissue regeneration or gum grafting to return your smile to its former beauty and symmetry.
The best way to prevent damage to your gums following the example of those who got a smile makeover in Idaho Falls – is to have regular periodontal checkups. During these visits we can catch and treat gum recession in its earliest stages and help your mouth be its healthiest. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we can handle all of your questions or concerns about periodontal issues as well as effectively treat your gum recession. Schedule your oral health evaluation today.