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Receding Gums – Prevention, Cause and Treatment

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Receding Gums – Prevention, Cause and Treatment

Posted by Alabama Family Dentistry in Periodontal Disease 15 Mar 2017

Receding gums or gingival recession is when the roots of the teeth are exposed due to shrinking, retraction of the gingival margin or loss of gum tissue. With this type of oral condition, it is imperative that you seek immediate dental care. It the condition is left untreated, you have a higher risk of tooth decay and other issues like periodontal disease, a poor bite, tooth loss and a painful jaw.

The treatment involved will depend on the amount of recession that you have. Typical treatment includes deep cleaning done by a dentist, changing brushing habits and sometimes surgery to restore any gum damage.

Several Common Symptoms

For the most part, receding gums are a common condition for people over forty. However, many notice the condition at a younger age. Receding gums are recognized in several ways:

• By sight
• Uncomfortable or painful
• Teeth feel as if they are jagged at the top
• Feeling the top of your teeth near the gumline
• Sensitive to hot and cold, especially the top part of the tooth

According to WebMD, receding gums are a common dental issue but they often go unnoticed. In fact, many people do not realize that they have gum recession because it occurs slowly. However, the first signs of receding gums are generally tooth sensitively and longer than normal looking teeth. The good news is, taking immediate action by making an appointment with a dentist can prevent more damage and repair your gums.

Treatment Options

The type of treatment for receding gums is in direct relation to the cause of gum recession. For instance:

• Periodontal disease – get treatment for your condition as soon as possible.
• Crooked or misaligned teeth – consult with a dentist about braces or other helpful devices.
• Harmful habits – change habits that can be damaging such as smoking.
• Over enthusiastic brushing – use a softer bristled toothbrush and use suggestions to improve your brushing technique.

If your gums are extremely receded, grafting may be the only option. On the other hand, holes and gaps in the teeth and gums may be filled to prevent additional recession and also encourage re-growth. Sometimes less invasive methods may be used like homeopathic and herbal treatments. It is recommended that you consult with a dentist for the best options and solutions for your condition.

Preventative Care

There are several ways to prevent receding gums. Some of the best preventative care for receding gums include eliminating plaque build-up, daily brushing, flossing often and regular check-ups with a dentist. An oral hygienist can check for pockets in the gums and bone loss. In truth, early diagnosis and treatment will generally prevent the loss of teeth and issues with receding gums.

Alabama Family Dentistry

At Alabama Family Dentistry we can assist you with any questions that you may have about receding gums. And you can be rest assured that you will receive the best and most innovative treatment. In fact, our cosmetic and general dentists have been providing top-of-the-line dental care since 1998.

For consultation or to schedule an appointment, contact any of our four Alabama locations in the Birmingham area; Warrior, Fultondale, Birmingham and Sumiton.

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