At Art of Dental Care: Ellen Rado DDS, we focus on the health of our patients’ gums just as much as we do on their teeth. We understand the critical nature of the gums and the role they play in keeping teeth healthy, strong, and intact. Through regular dental care, we can work to prevent gum disease. In certain situations, regular dental care is all a patient needs. However, if you do notice that your gums begin to recede, call (732) 424-8483 and schedule an appointment with our Green Brook, NJ dental office. Since gum recession can lead to further health challenges, it is important to address the issue right away.
Why are gums receding from my teeth?
There can be several reasons for this, and some of them may have to do with lifestyle. For example, it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. However, if you use a hard toothbrush or brush too aggressively, you can irritate your gum and cause them to recede. We recommend that you use a soft or electric toothbrush whenever possible. You want to make sure you are gentle when brushing near your gum, regardless of what you are using.
Your gum can also recede due to gum disease. This is the most common cause. At Art of Dental Care: Ellen Rado DDS, we find that gum disease can impact patients of all ages, and when it does, it is critical that you have dental cleaning and treatment as soon as possible. Otherwise, you can begin to see the gums recede or pull away from the teeth. The cause is plaque that becomes trapped between the teeth and gum. Since you cannot reach this area, plaque remains in place, turns into tartar, and irritates your gums. The irritation causes the gum to swell, bleed, become irritated, and eventually recede.
Genetics can also give you receding gums, so if your parents had this problem, you may as well.
If your teeth are crooked and your bite is out of alignment, additional strain could be placed on some of your teeth. As a result of abnormal wear patterns, your gum could begin to suffer and eventually recede.
Why are my gums receding only on one side?
If your gums are only receding on one side, it could be simply because plaque just happens to have built up in this area of the mouth. Plaque does not discriminate, but there is a chance that you could have brushed or flossed better on one side of your mouth. Another cause is that gingival recession mirrors general wear patterns. If your teeth are crooked and your bite is off, your gum health will also be impacted disproportionately.
Why are my gums receding on one tooth only?
While this could be related to the other causes listed above, it is most likely the result of dental trauma or injury.
Should I worry about receding gums? Are they really a sign of trouble?
Yes, you should. At Art of Dental Care: Ellen Rado DDS, we encourage all our patients to pay attention to their gum health. We encourage them to call us right away if they see their gum bleeding, swelling or receding. We want to examine the patient as soon as possible to determine if gum disease is present and treat it. The best results will be achieved by receiving immediate care since we can treat the problem using less invasive methods. For example, you may only need a deep cleaning if you come in right away or perhaps you will need an antibiotic treatment as well, but by coming in early, you give your gums the best chance for restoration without the need for a gum grafting – periodontal surgery. Otherwise, if you delay, gum will recede and put into jeopardy your smile. After all, most people who lost an adult tooth also had gum disease at the time. Preventing and treating the gum disease is the best things you can do for your oral health.
How do you prevent gum recession?
The best way to prevent gum recession is to visit our dental office Art of Dental Care: Ellen Rado DDS for a teeth cleaning twice per year. We can remove the plaque and tartar that has built up over time to give your teeth a fresh clean feel while also reducing the likelihood that plaque or tartar will build up. Additionally, you can begin to use a soft toothbrush and monitor the way you brush your teeth.
Is there a way to treat the condition?
Yes, if you are suffering gum recession due to gum disease, we must remove the disease. Generally, this requires us to perform a deep cleaning procedure remove the plaque and tartar from the area in between the teeth and the gum. Once done, your gum can begin to heal and rejuvenate.
What are the risks of not treating it?
You could lose your teeth. Gum recession is typically caused by gum disease. The idea of not treating it is a risky option because it means that in addition to experiencing discomfort you are also likely to suffer from bone and tooth loss. To learn more about gum recession and how to treat it, call our dental office at (732) 424-8483.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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