When your gums are healthy, they have a nice, snug fit around the top of your teeth. But when they’re not, they start to pull away and can eventually expose the roots hidden below. Sadly, once your gums start receding, you can’t grow them back. The good news though is that you can do some things that can help protect your teeth and keep your smile healthy.
Why Gums Recede
There are a few reasons your gums may be receding. Periodontal disease is one of the biggest causes of it. Plaque causes inflammation which causes your gums to retreat. The best way to avoid gum disease is to visit your dentist for your regular cleanings and checkups while practicing proper oral hygiene.
Proper technique is very important, for incorrect brushing or brushing too hard may also make your gums recede. Always use a gentle touch when brushing your teeth and choose a soft-bristled toothbrush. Grinding teeth from stress or sustaining an injury to your mouth can also impact the health of your gums.
What You Can Do About Receding Gums
To handle your gum problems, you’ll need to visit the dentist. The treatments available to you will all depend on what is causing your gums to retreat. Your options may include any of the following:
Scaling and root planing
This will usually be your dentist’s first recommendation. This treatment removes the tartar and plaque buildup from below your gumline in the places your toothbrush can’t reach. Root planing goes a bit further to remove those deposits from the roots of your teeth. Then your dentist will smooth those roots and help your gums reattach to your teeth.
Gum graft surgery
If the recession of your gums is rather severe, your dentist may encourage you to go with gum graft surgery. This involves taking a small piece of gum tissue from another point in your mouth to use for covering exposed roots. It might sound unpleasant, but if this is your alternative, you will prevent bone loss and keep your gums from further receding.
Pinhole surgical technique
A newer treatment, this one is meant for those with mild to moderate gum troubles. It’s minimally-invasive and requires your dentist to make a small hole in your gums above the exposed root. Using a special tool, your dentist will stretch and reposition your gum so it covers that exposed root.
As always, the best way to avoid these situations is to take good care of your oral health. Make sure you floss a minimum of once per day, use a good all-natural toothpaste or tooth oil, use soft bristled toothbrushes and replace them every two months, and stick to your dental appointments.
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Jennifer Raskin is a freelance writer, wife and mom that loves cold weather despite her location in Florida, cooking, reading, watching ‘80s movies, weight-lifting, and wine tasting.
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