Gum recession can have a substantial impact on our smiles’ health and look. It is a disorder in which the tooth roots become seen because the gum tissue covering the teeth deteriorates or pulls back. This not only detracts from the appearance of our smiles but also raises the possibility of cavities, dental sensitivity, and even tooth loss. The good news is that gum recession is reversible, and your gums can once again be healthy and attractive.
Understanding the Causes
Plaque and tartar can build up along the gumline as a result of insufficient brushing and flossing, eventually causing the gums to recede. However, using a toothbrush with rough bristles or scrubbing your teeth too vigorously can eventually cause the gum tissue to deteriorate. Gum recession can be further caused by genetics, smoking, hormonal changes, and gum disease.
Reversing Gum Recession
While gum recession can be concerning, the good news is that there are effective ways to reverse the condition and promote gum restoration.
- Practice proper oral hygiene
- Address gum disease
- Switch to a gum-friendly diet
- Avoid tobacco products
- Use a gum regrowth treatment
- Regular dental check-ups
- Manage tooth grinding
Treatment of Gum Recession
The appropriate treatment for gum recession depends on the severity of the condition.
To stop additional gum recession, it is crucial to practice good oral hygiene. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to gently brush your teeth. And to get plaque and food debris out from in between your teeth, floss every day.
For mild cases of gum recession, scaling, and root planing might be recommended to remove plaque and tartar buildup below the gumline. This can help the gum tissue reattach to the teeth.
In more advanced cases, a gum grafting procedure might be necessary. During this procedure, gum tissue is taken from another area of your mouth or a donor source and grafted onto the areas with recession. This helps cover the exposed tooth roots and improve the appearance of the gumline.
After treatment, regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene practices are crucial to maintain the results and prevent further gum recession.
Book an Appointment
By practicing good oral hygiene, you can prevent or reverse gum recession. Remember that early intervention is key. If you live in or near New York, NY, call 212-974-8737 to book an appointment with the office of Louis Siegelman, DDS.