According to the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), 50 percent of the population has one or more areas of gingival recession, with sites multiplying as you age.
This study signifies that gingival recession can occur in people of all ages, regardless of how stringent our oral hygiene practices can be, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
If you have experienced gum recession, your La Feria family dentist at WhiteWing Dental can help you address the causes of the recession and recommend the effective treatment you need to keep your smile healthy.
What is Gingival Recession?
Gingival Recession, or receding gums, is when the gum tissue surrounding the base of your teeth becomes worn or pulled to expose the tooth’s root. This can lead to the appearance of long teeth and may even cause teeth to loosen. This leaves your teeth highly susceptible to bacteria and plaque, leading to tooth decay, infection, or even tooth loss.
Gingival recession can often be caused by the following:
- Periodontal Diseases – Periodontal diseases are gum infections caused by bacteria. These infections cause inflammation of the gums and are normally caused by poor brushing and/or flossing practices.
- Using a Hard-Bristled Toothbrush/Brushing Too Hard – If you use a hard-bristled brush daily, or brush your teeth too vigorously, you may be wearing down your gums. While you may be trying to practice good oral hygiene, it is best to use a softer-bristled toothbrush to avoid further gum recession.
- Grinding or Clenching Your Teeth – Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding or clenching, places a lot of pressure on your teeth. This ultimately leads to an increase in gum recession.
- Genetics – Some people, as much as 30 percent, are simply more genetically predisposed to gingival recession due to the positioning of their teeth and varying degrees of gum thickness.
- Tobacco – Tobacco products create a sticky plaque that adheres to the teeth. This plaque is extremely difficult to remove with only daily brushing and is one of the leading causes of gum recession.
How Can Gingival Recession Be Treated?
Treatments for gingival recession vary based on its severity. Schedule an appointment with our La Feria family dentist to discuss treatments to repair your gum recession today. Treatments much like the following may be an option for your particular circumstance:
- Composite Restoration – Here, a dentist uses composite resins (also used to close gaps between teeth) similar in color to your natural teeth to cover the surface of the root. This avoids further accumulation of bacteria in that area.
- Open Flap Scaling and Root Planing – In this procedure, a dentist folds back the gums and removes the bacteria formed in pockets with a small instrument. Once the bacteria is removed, the dentist will place the gums back over the tooth root, reducing the size of the pockets or eliminating them altogether.
- Regeneration – This treatment method is preferred in advanced cases of gum recession. Much like the open flap scaling and root planing procedure, your dentist will follow similar steps but will apply a regenerative material such as tissue-stimulating protein or graft tissue to naturally regenerate bone and tissue in the affected area.
Take Care of Your Gums By Visiting Your La Feria Family Dentist Today
As mentioned, gingival recession is common among people of all ages and can be treated using several different methods; however, the easiest method is to make oral hygiene a priority.
Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft or medium-bristled brush, floss at least once a day, and visit your La Feria family dentist at least once every six months.