What Is Gum Recession?

You're brushing your teeth when you notice that your teeth look a bit weird. They seem longer than usual and it's like you can almost see the root. If this sounds familiar, then you may be dealing with receding gums. 

In this article, we're going to explain what gum recession is, what is causing it, and if there's anything you can do to reverse it. 

So, What Is Gum Recession? 

Gum recession is a form of gum disease where your gums are slowly pulling away from your teeth. 

More often than not, receding gums are the result of poor oral hygiene. If you neglect to brush your teeth and go to regular check-ups, then more and more plaque will build at the base of your teeth. In time, this plaque will harden and turn into tartar, a stubborn calcified residue that can't be removed with regular brushing. As more bacteria accumulate near the gum line, they start attacking and damaging your gums. 

If you don't address these issues in time and look for periodontal care, then your gums will start receding, exposing more of the teeth's roots. Eventually, your teeth will become loose and fall out. 

While improper oral hygiene is usually the main culprit of receding gums, it's not the only cause. Other factors that may lead to this condition include:

  • Aggressive brushing 
  • Genetics
  • Smoking 
  • Diabetes 
  • Hormonal changes, especially in women

How to Tell If Your Gums Are Receding? 

If you notice any of the following signs, then you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible:

  • Red and swollen gums 
  • Bleeding after brushing your teeth 
  • Persistent bad breath 
  • Pain and discomfort at the gum line
  • Loose teeth 
  • Visible tooth root

Can Gum Recession Be Treated? 

The bad news is that receding gums can't grow back. However, you can stop and control the process and ensure it will not cause further damage to your oral health. 

Depending on the severity of your gum recession, Dr. Casselman may suggest different treatment options: 

  • Deep Cleaning: If your gum recession is mild, then a deep cleaning can help you stop its progress. The dentist will peel the gums back and clean the area thoroughly to remove any bacteria. 
  • Surgery: If the gum disease progressed to such an extent that it affected your bone too, then you may need a bone and /or gum graft. 

While these steps can help stop receding gums, the work doesn't end here. You will need to follow strict preventive measures to reduce the risk of gum recession. These measures include:

  • Proper oral hygiene 
  • Regular dentist visits 
  • A healthy diet 
  • No more smoking 

Are You Worried About Receding Gums? Call Us Right Away! 

Are you worried about the health of your gums? Get in touch with the team at St. Clair Tooth Co., tell us about your problem, and we will make sure to find the right treatment for you. 

Contact us right now to book your appointment. 

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