What is Gum Recession?
Gum Recession, also known as Gingival recession, is a condition where the gum tissue shrinks back and exposes the root of the tooth. This is a serious condition that is not only physically uncomfortable but also can be stressful on a psychological level.
If you have been diagnosed with Gum Recession, or suspect that you might be suffering from it, it is very important to take steps to remedy your situation as soon as possible. The first thing you should do, if you haven’t done so already, is to consult your dentist at the earliest opportunity.
When gums recede the exposed root makes teeth much more sensitive to hot and cold and even to brushing. As we age gum recession is going to occur but there are several steps one can make to minimize the ill effects.
Behaviors which worsens gum recession include: teeth grinding, improperly done dental work, crowded teeth, systemic diseases, and over zealous brushing, especially with a hard bristle tooth brush. Genetics also have a role in gum recession but the specifics of genetic involvement is not yet fully understood.
Tooth grinding and Periodontal disease are the biggest contributors to gum recession. Luckily there are several steps that you can do to stop or greatly slow down your gum recession:
- See your dentist! And follow all of his or her recommendations.
- If you suffer from gum disease get it treated. Again, visit your dentist and follow all their recommendations. In order to halt your receding gums you need to stop any further deterioration caused by your periodontal disease.
- Utilize a night guard. Teeth grinding is a major cause of gum recession and a mouth guard will usually bring a halt to teeth grinding.
- Get a high quality tooth brush and replace it every month. For electric toothbrushes replace the heads 3 to 4 times a year.
- Show your tooth brushing technique to your dentist to make sure your are not over-brushing.
- Curb your intake of acidic foods and beverages. If your gum recession is beyond the initial phase acidic foods and drinks can quickly and greatly damage your tooth roots.
Please contact us if you have any questions about gum recession.