What are Receding Gums?
When the margin of the gum tissue around your teeth starts to wear away or pull back, exposing more of the tooth, or even the root of the tooth. Disease-causing bacteria can then build up between your gums and teeth.
What are the Symptoms of Receding Gums?
- Exposed roots causing discomfort and sensitivity
- Loose teeth
- Teeth appear longer than normal
What are the Causes of Receding Gums?
- Poor dental care and/or brushing too hard
- Periodontal diseases
- Smoking, vaping, chewing tobacco, hookah
- Changes in hormones
- Having a misaligned bite
- Crooked teeth
- Clenching your teeth
- Grinding your teeth
What Happens if this is NOT Treated?
If you leave this problem untreated, your tissue, teeth, and bone structure can be affected to the point you could lose your teeth. It occurs gradually, so people often don’t even realize it’s happening until they are told by their dentist or dental hygienist.
Can this be Treated?
It is absolutely necessary to have a deep cleaning at your dental office to remove tartar and plaque, as well as to smooth over the exposed root area. This makes it harder for bacteria to attach itself. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to kill off any remaining bacteria.
What if the Problem is Too Far Gone?
If you have excessive loss of bone and deep pockets, you may need to have gum surgery.
How Can I Try My Best to Prevent this from Happening?
- Take great care of your health
- Quit smoking
- Get regular dental care
- Always monitor your mouth for changes
Located in the Surrey area? Book an appointment at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today and keep your mouth in top condition! Call us: 604-593-8201.