Even if you brush and floss regularly, you may be prone to developing gum disease, which can lead to gum recession and additional oral and physical health problems. While most cases of gum disease can be headed off if they are caught early, some require more intense treatment to repair the gums and save the teeth.
What Is Gum Recession?
As the gum tissue margin that surrounds the teeth pulls back or away from the teeth, more of the tooth and the root are exposed. This creates gaps or pockets between the gum line and the teeth and makes it easy for bacteria to collect and build up. Without treatment, the supporting bone and tissue structures can be seriously damaged, even resulting in tooth loss.
One of the main problems with gum recession is that very few people realize they have it until it is a serious problem, as it is a common dental issue. The first symptom of recession is gum sensitivity or teeth that look longer than they should. Recession is not something you should ignore, and you can stop the problem before it gets out of hand by seeing a periodontist regularly.
What Causes Recession and How is It Treated??
Some risk factors can be controlled, but others are out of your hands. Gum recession is often caused by:
· Periodontal disease
· Aggressive tooth brushing
· Poor oral health care
· Changes in hormones
· Clenching or grinding the teeth
· Tongue or lip piercings
Depending on the severity of the condition, recession can be treated with anything from surgery to a simple deep cleaning. Surgery such as regeneration, soft tissue grafts or root planing and flap scaling is required when the pockets are too deep, and the loss of bone is excessive.
Prevent Gum Recession
If you are concerned about your teeth or gums and want to head off any problems before they get out of control, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cueva today. We are happy to educate our patients on the best ways to avoid the dangers of gum recession.