If not notice you have inflammation around your gums, or they are starting to recede it may be time to consult with a Periodontist. Gum recession should be treated to avoid further issues, or even tooth loss. Receding gums can be caused by periodontal disease or gum disease. Typically healthy gums are pink, but with gum recession the tissue is wearing away leaving more of your teeth exposed. Attending regular exams in our office, and practicing good oral hygiene habits can ensure you stay on top of receding gums, so they do not continue to get worse over time.
What Are Symptoms of Receding Gums?
You may notice any of the following if you have receding gums.
- Swollen or red gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Pain or tenderness around gums or mouth
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession can be caused by multiple things. The most common cause of gum recession is periodontal disease or gum disease. Other causes can be old age, poor oral hygiene, or medical conditions. Another factor could be the toothbrush you are using. Check to make sure you are using a soft bristle tooth brush, and make sure you are gently brushing at least twice a day. Abrasive brushes can actually damage your gums as you brush if you are not careful.
Other Causes of Gum Recession
- Injury or trauma to the mouth
- Teeth alignment issues
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Dentures that do not fit properly and rub on the gums
- Teeth Grinding
What Are My Treatment Options for Receding Gums?
Our staff are trained to check each patient’s gum tissue. Gum recession happens gradually, and it is important to visit out office twice a year to stay on top of any potential issues. Our team can help you keep your gums in good condition and prevent them from getting worse.
Depending on how severe the gums are will determine the course of treatment recommended. We look at the tooth brush you are using and your oral hygiene habits. Using a daily rinse that helps to fight plaque or a dental pick can help to reach those hard areas.
If pockets have formed around the affected gums, patients can have a deep cleaning done called scaling and root planing. This treatment removes and cleans the plaque on the tooth and root surfaces. Scaling and root planing also helps to heal gum tissue and shrink periodontal pockets where bacteria hides. This treatment helps to prevent further infection, and keeps your gums looking and feeling healthy. Gums will recede less and this treatment helps to restore damaged gums.
How Can I Schedule an Appointment?
Taking charge of your oral health is the key to keeping your gums and teeth looking and feeling healthy. If you notice your gums are receding, and would like to find out more about gum recession treatment contact our office today.
Our office has flexible hours and we do our best to accommodate our patients. If you would like to make an appointment, contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!