One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. You shouldn’t have to hide it because of something like receding gums, especially as there are treatment options.
Gingival recession, also known as gum recession, is what happens when gum tissue lowers its position on the tooth. When this occurs it exposes the roots of your teeth. It can be caused by any number of things and the way you approach treatment is often dependent on what has caused or is causing the problem.
Causes Of Receding Gums
Receding gums can be alarming as well as painful. These are some of the potential causes:
- Overly aggressive flossing and brushing. You should focus more on brushing your teeth as opposed to scrubbing at them. It irritates the gums and puts you at greater risk for gum recession.
- Genetics. Your genes play a major role in your health and are also completely out of your control. If someone in your family has receding gums then you’re at a higher risk.
- Abnormal tooth positioning. If your teeth are not aligned properly it can cause receding gums over time.
- Grinding your teeth. This causes many problems such as receding gums, but can also cause headaches, and lead to other health issues.
- Trauma to gums. Trauma to your teeth and gums is also a cause of receding gums.
- Poor oral health. If you don’t have proper teeth brushing habits receding gums can be a cause of periodontitis.
Regardless of what caused the receding gums, there are treatments for it.
Treatment For Receding Gums
The earlier you catch receding gums the better. If you can catch it early enough it is likely you won’t require professional treatment. Your dentist will be able to tell you the severity and condition of your gums and recommend the steps to correct it.
Your dentist will also be able to find the cause of your receding gums. They’ll assess the issue and advise you how to make the necessary changes to reverse receding gums.
If you do need treatment, there several different options that may be considered. Your dentist will work alongside a periodontist (a gum specialist) to decide how to proceed. The solution can be anything from changing your brushing and flossing habits to prescribing a mouth guard to having your teeth repositioned with orthodontic treatment. Depending on the cause and severity of your recession, gum surgery may be required. This procedure is called gingival grafting and is performed by a periodontist. Your periodontist will provide details regarding the procedure and what to expect.
Your oral health is very important and plays a vital role in your overall health. With proper brushing and flossing you’ll be able to maintain a happy, healthy mouth and smile.