Prescott Valley, AZ
Your gums work hard to protect your teeth; it may not seem like they do much, but they help shield your tooth roots to help prevent bacteria from attacking them. The average person may not spend much time dwelling on their gums and how they work, but that does not mean that they can safely be ignored. If you neglect your oral hygiene, then your gums may be at risk of receding.
Gum recession is a serious condition that can occur for some reasons, but once it begins, it can quickly lead to dangerous complications. We here at Bradshaw Family Dental firmly advise that if you are starting to notice any signs of gum recession, you reach out to us for prompt treatment to help prevent lasting damage to your teeth and gingiva.
What Causes Gums to Recede?
Your gums can start to recede for a wide assortment of reasons. One of the more common causes of gum recession is due to gum disease. Gum disease, such as periodontitis and gingivitis, are typically caused by poor oral hygiene. By making sure you brush and floss your teeth regularly, you can help prevent periodontitis and gingivitis from attacking your gums.
However, there is the risk of “too much of a good thing” – sometimes gum recession can be caused by over-brushing and over-flossing. Brushing too hard or too aggressively, or for too long, or with a hard-bristled toothbrush, can cause your gums to recede. Other things that can lead to gum recession can include clenching and grinding your teeth at night (known as bruxism), use of tobacco products, and hormonal changes.
Signs of Gum Recession Most People Will Notice
The symptoms of gum recession may be subtle at first, making it hard for you to detect. If you stay on top of your checkups, we can help you spot it before it becomes a major problem. Signs of gum recession can include the appearance of “long” teeth, exposed tooth roots, and pain and sensitivity in your teeth. Loose teeth and wide gaps and spaces between them may also point to gum recession.
Treating Gum Recession
If we encounter a patient who has receding gums, then immediate treatment may be necessary to help ensure the best possible outcome. One of the more common approaches that we use to treat receding gums is called a deep cleaning, or a scaling and a root planing. During this procedure, we will remove the buildup from your teeth and your tooth roots. This makes it easier for your gums to reattach, and harder for the bacteria to return.
Some patients may benefit from treatment with antibiotics, especially if they have an infection in their gums. In more severe cases of gum recession, surgical intervention may be necessary. If surgery is needed, then you may require a gum graft to help restore the lost gum tissue.
If you suspect that your gums are starting to recede, it is critical that you get treatment with us for it immediately to help preserve your teeth and your oral health. To learn more about gum recession, or to set up an appointment with us here at Bradshaw Family Dental, please give us a call at (928) 277-0076 today!