Receding Gums Treatment, Prevention, and Causes

Posted in Blog, Gum Disease, Periodontist

When gums recede, they can expose the pink tissue that covers the roots of your teeth. This tissue is very sensitive. When it is exposed, it experiences a higher risk of infection, decay, and ultimately, tooth loss. If your gums are starting to recede, you may have noticed sensitivity, pain, or signs of infection, such as gums that swell. Tooth loss may not be imminent, though – you can prevent and treat the recession of gums. 


Why Do Gums Recede?

There are several factors which might contribute to receding gums. The most common causes are the wear of the gums and inflammation of tissues. Wear can occur when you brush too hard or use hard, tough bristles. You may be putting too much pressure on your gums, which wears them away.

Inflammation is caused by the buildup of plaque and may lead to conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Individuals with thin gums may be more susceptible to inflammation. Other factors that can cause receding gums to include poor oral hygiene, inherited factors such as the position of teeth and the thickness of gums, piercings inside the mouth, and damage from treatments.


How to Prevent Receding Gums

There are steps you can take to prevent the recession of gums. The first should be improving your oral health routine. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush in gentle strokes. A toothbrush designed for receding gums will help, especially an electric toothbrush. There are also mouthwashes specially designed to prevent the wearing of gums.

Regular visits to your dentist will also help to keep your gums from receding. Your dentist can examine the current state of your mouth and recommend steps for you to take. If signs of recession appear, they can also suggest treatments.


Receding Gums Treatment

If you catch gum recession early, you may not need treatment at all. But if the recession is too advanced, your dentist may recommend one of the following treatments:

  • Desensitizing agents
  • Bonding agents
  • Composites
  • Veneers
  • Orthodontics
  • Surgery

Advanced Dental Specialists in Clark County, Washington, can help you improve your oral health. We are experts in periodontal health, though we also treat wisdom teeth and provide implants, teeth whitening, dentures, and extractions. Contact us today for your dental needs.

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