Have you noticed that your teeth look a bit longer than usual? While you may not pay too much attention to this fact, it can be a sign of a serious problem - gum recession.
What is gum recession, what causes it, and what can you do about it? Keep reading to find out!
Gum recession is a condition in which the gum tissue pulls away from your teeth, exposing more of the tooth and its root. Because of this, pockets can form between the teeth and gum line, making it easier for bacteria to accumulate and become infected. If left untreated, gum recession can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Gum recession can be caused by a variety of factors, such as:
The most obvious sign of gum recession is that your teeth seem longer than usual. Moreover, because the exposed roots of the teeth do not have the protective covering of enamel, they become more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. This can cause pain or discomfort when eating or drinking.
Fortunately, gum recession can be treated and even reversed in most cases. The treatment will depend on the cause of the condition and its severity.
If gum disease is the cause, your dentist will recommend periodontal care. This type of treatment usually involves a deep cleaning of the teeth and gums, also known as scaling and root planing. The dentist will use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums to reduce inflammation.
If the cause of the gum recession is aggressive tooth brushing, you will simply need to modify your brushing technique. Your dentist can teach you how to brush your teeth correctly and recommend a toothbrush with soft bristles.
In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct gum recession. This can include a procedure known as a gum graft, in which a piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth and used to cover the exposed roots of the teeth.
If you think your gums are receding, schedule an appointment with our dentist in Bowling Green for a thorough consultation. We can help you identify the cause of gum recession and find the best treatment.
Follow this link to schedule your appointment online with Dr. Packard or one of the dentists at Precision Dental.