Gum recession leads to periodontal pockets, or gaps between the gum tissue and your teeth, which provide hiding spaces for infection causing bacteria. These bacteria can ultimately lead to tooth loss. Gum recession sounds like a painful process, but does it really hurt?
What Causes Gum Recession?The most common cause of gum recession is gum disease. Bacteria infect your gum tissue, causing it to become inflamed. While inflamed, the tissue then starts pulling away from your teeth to allow bacteria travel underneath.
Other causes of gum disease include:
|•||Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy.|
|•||Smoking or other tobacco products.|
|•||Poor oral hygiene.|
|•||Brushing too hard and/or using a hard-bristled toothbrush.|
|•||Bruxism (the clenching and grinding of your teeth).|
|•||Gum Recession is Painless|
Gum recession is a common issue, and most people don't even notice that it's happening, at least not right away. This is because gum recession is painless and occurs gradually. If you don't pay close attention to your gums, you won't often notice it until you start to experience other symptoms, such as tooth sensitivity.
Can it Be Treated?
Gum disease is treatable, but the treatment plan depends upon the severity of your condition. In some cases, a deep cleaning that removes plaque and tartar, as well as infection and bacteria can give your gums the opportunity to heal on their own. However, in some instances, a deep cleaning is not enough, and further methods are needed, such a pocket reduction surgery or even a gum graft.
Preventing Gum RecessionYou can prevent gum recession from occurring. It all starts with taking proper care of your mouth. Regular brushing and flossing, as well as visits to your dentist for cleanings and exams, can keep bacteria at bay, and therefore keep your gums healthy. You may also want to consider quitting smoking and eating a nutritious diet.
If you have noticed gum recession, no matter how minor, it should be addressed. Contact our office we can help to determine the cause and plan a course of action to restore your gums and keep them clean and healthy.