What Causes Gum Recession?
Determining the cause of your gum recession is the first step of successful treatment.
Gum recession may be caused by a number of different things, including:
- Brushing teeth with excessive force
- Using a hard or medium bristle toothbrush
- Tooth grinding (bruxism)
- Gum disease
- Genetic predisposition
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy
- Prescription medications
- Ill-fitting partial dentures
- Poor dental hygiene
- Smoking/tobacco product use
How Is Gum Recession Treated?
The treatment for receding gums will usually depend upon the root cause or causes. Treatment methods for gum recession include:
- Deep cleanings (to remove harmful bacteria from beneath the gumline)
- Regenerative treatment (gum tissue graft)
- Altering partial denture to relieve pressure on gum tissues
- Protective mouthguard (to protect against grinding and clenching)
Gum recession can be unpleasant - both aesthetically and physically - but it is treatable if intercepted in a timely manner; in order to determine the best way to approach your receding gums, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination and consult your medical history before working with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
If gum recession is not treated in a timely manner, the patient risks allowing the recession to worsen, which can lead to an unsightly smile line, pain and bleeding in the teeth and gums, and even eventual tooth loss as bacteria multiplies beneath the gum line and causes bone recession.
Of course, the most ideal way to approach gum recession is to take proactive steps to prevent it whenever possible. This can be done by taking the following precautions:
- Practicing proper home care (brushing and flossing twice daily)
- Attending all dental cleaning and check-up appointments
- Avoiding smoking and tobacco products
- Avoiding applying too much pressure when brushing
- Using a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Seeking necessary treatment for gingivitis and gum disease as soon as possible
- Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet
- Alerting your dentist right away if you notice any changes in the look of your smile or any pain or discomfort
Thankfully, with proper intervention, gum recession can be managed and prevented from worsening. After you have received treatment for your gum recession, it is best to avoid tobacco products indefinitely, continue practicing proper oral care, and follow any other directions given to you by your dentist.
EZ Dental: Gum Recession Treatment in San Jose, CA
EZ Dental is proud to offer the most comprehensive and personable dental treatment in San Jose, CA. Our team of dental professionals will work hard to help you maintain the healthiest smile possible.
For more information about gum recession prevention and treatment, or to get scheduled for an appointment in our San Jose dental office, give us a call at (408) 227-6000.
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