What Causes Gum Recession?
Do you look at your smile and feel that your teeth appear longer than they should? While a big, beaming smile is nothing to be ashamed of, those patients who find that their smile seems a little larger than it should
What is gum recession?
Gum recession is the term used to describe a condition whereby the gum tissue, which usually fits snugly around the teeth, pulls back away from them, exposing more of the enamel
Causes of gum recession
There are a variety of different factors that are believed to contribute towards the development of gum recession. Let’s take a look at some of the most common.
By far the most common reason behind gum recession is
- Red, swollen gums that feel sore
- Bleeding gums
- Chronic bad breath
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important that you don’t ignore them and schedule a check-up with our dentist.
Brushing too vigorously
Many people mistakenly believe that the harder they brush, the cleaner their teeth will be. In actual fact, brushing too hard can wear down the enamel on your teeth and force your gums to recede. Brush gently, in circular motions for the best results.
Clenching/grinding your teeth
Patients who subconsciously or unconsciously clench/grind their teeth are said to be suffering from bruxism, a condition that can have many repercussions for your dental health, including gum recession.
Very few people have teeth that come together perfectly
We know that smoking is bad for our general health, but it can also prove to have serious consequences for our teeth too. Tobacco users are more likely to develop plaque on their teeth, and this
Poor oral health
Keeping your teeth healthy means daily brushing, flossing and rinsing with good quality fluoride products. Failing to do so properly can lead to decay and subsequent damage to your gums including
What should I do if my gums are receding?
If you think you are suffering from gum recession, you should make an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible, as prompt treatment will prevent any further damage from occurring. Once
It is important to understand that gums do not grow back themselves, and in severe cases, patients have been known to undergo soft tissue grafts to help rebuild their gum line and help protect their teeth from additional damage. Another technique, known as Chao Pinhole, helps to reshape the gum tissue so that it better covers the enamel of your teeth and creates a more natural-looking gum line. However, the first step is to speak to our dentist and get advice on what to do to prevent the recession from worsening until you can start treatment.
If you are concerned that you may be suffering from gum recession and would like expert advice, our experienced team are here to assist you. Please telephone our offices to book your appointment.