Importance Of Having Healthy Gums — Advice From Dentist

Why do Gums Recede?

There are many factors that cause gum recession.

  • Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is caused by bacterial gum infection that leads to the destruction of the supporting bone structure and gum tissue that hold the teeth in place. Gum recession is the usually the result of gum disease.

  • Aggressive Tooth Brushing

If you brush your teeth in the wrong way or in a hard manner, it can lead to gum recession and cause tooth enamel to wear away.

  • Insufficient Dental Care

If you don’t brush, floss, and rinse with an appropriate antibacterial mouthwash, plaque can easily build up and turn into to tartar or calculus. Tartar is a hard substance that builds in-between teeth and can only be removed by professional dental cleaning.

  • Tobacco

Tobacco usage can lead to a stickier plaque that is difficult to remove and can lead to gum recession.

  • Teeth Grinding and Clenching

Clenching and grinding the teeth can put excessive force on your teeth and lead to gum recession.

  • Misaligned or Crooked Teeth or Bite

Teeth that are not properly aligned can place too much force on the bone and gums, which can lead to gum recession.

How is Gum Recession Treated?

Dentists treat gum recession by deep cleaning the affected area. Deep cleaning is also known as root planning and scaling. The plaque and tartar that have built up on the teeth and the root are carefully removed. The exposed tooth area is smoothed to make it difficult for bacteria to attach to it. The remaining harmful bacteria is removed with the use of antibiotics.

If deep cleaning cannot be used to treat gums, gum surgery may be required to repair the damage caused by gum recession. Gum surgery will be required if excessive bone loss and deep pockets are evident.

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