Gum Recession / Gum Loss

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                                                                 Gum Recession/Gum Loss

       There’s an expression “to be long in the tooth”, which means you are wise due to your advanced years.  But what this really means for your mouth is that you have exposed tooth roots due to the gum receding away from the teeth, whether you’re young or old.

           Gum recession is an incredibly widespread problem that dentists diagnose and treat on a daily basis.  Gingival recession refers to the progressive loss of gum tissue, which can  result in painful tooth root exposure, if left untreated.  Gum recession is most common in adults over the age of 40, but can even begin in the teenage years. 

 Reasons why gum recession can occur:

 * Over-aggressive brushing – Over brushing can be as dangerous to the gums as too little brushing.  Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can erode tooth enamel at the gum line, and irritate and inflame the tissue.

* Whitening toothpastes – Over the counter tooth whitening pastes usually contain abrasives that may contribute to gum recession.

* Inherited predisposition to thin gum tissue.

* Clenching and grinding of teeth

* Nervous habits like chewing on foreign objects or scratching the gums with foreign objects.

* Poor oral hygiene – Not brushing or flossing properly, and the subsequent plaque build up begins to affect the teeth.  The plaque contains various bacteria, which can promote infection and erosion.

* Malpositioned teeth

  • * Chewing tobacco – Any kind of tobacco has devasting effects on the entire mouth.


Symptoms of Recession

* Sensitive teeth

* Visible roots

* Longer-looking teeth

* Bad breath, inflammation, and bleeding

 Tips to prevent gum recession

* Have regular dental cleanings and check-ups.

* Use only ultrasoft toothbrushes.

* Make sure your bite is comfortable, or have your dentist adjust if needed.

* Consider orthodontics to help align your teeth into the proper position.

* Consider a nightguard to reduce stress grinding on your teeth while sleeping.

* Possible gum grafting to increase the amount of gum tissue at the gum line.

 Please call us if you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment.

 Your Gentle Dentists,

Dr. Simmons

(661) 947-3163