Have you begun to notice your gum line pulling back leaving your teeth and gums exposed? Then you may be dealing with receding gums.
Gum recession usually happens gradually, and it may go undetected. If you notice a tooth or several teeth that look larger than usual, tooth sensitivity, or size differences compared to your other teeth, it can be a sign of gingival recession.
It's important to act quickly as this condition can cause further injuries and several oral health issues. The sooner you visit the dentists and treat it, the better the outcome.
What Causes Gums to Recede?
Several factors can cause your gums to recede. The best way to find the culprit is to visit a dentist who can examine your oral health and determine the exact cause.
- Periodontal Disease
This condition is the advanced stage of gingivitis. It starts when bacteria build up between teeth and under the gums, forming plaque. If it is not addressed on time through periodontal care, it leads to severe gums damage, resulting in recession and even tooth loss.
Your genes can also contribute to the probability of having this condition, and some people are more prone to develop it even if they take care of their teeth and gums properly. That’s why it’s important to go to your routine check-ups to catch problems early on.
- Aggressive Brushing
Don't use too much pressure when brushing your teeth as this can hurt your teeth and gums. In time, aggressive brushing can damage the enamel and cause the gums to recede. To prevent this, use a soft-bristled toothbrush so that you can apply enough pressure to clean your teeth without hurting your gums.
- Poor or Lack of Oral Hygiene
When you are not brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, it sets the stage for bacteria to develop and grow to the point it turns into tartar. Tartar builds on and in-between teeth, and can only be removed by a professional deep cleaning. If untreated it can lead to gum recession.
- Grinding and Clenching Your Teeth
Another cause of gum recession is grinding the teeth. When you grind and clench, you are applying a lot of pressure to the teeth, and that ultimately leads to gum recession.
Periodontal Care in Long Beach
Gum recession can be treated, and if detected on time the procedures and treatments are less elaborate and simpler to solve.
At Dodds Dental in Long Beach, we have a unique approach. We always make sure that skill and compassion go hand in hand. We pride ourselves on being honest and open with all of our patients to give them a compassionate experience with no judgment.
Contact us today and request an appointment. We are happy to welcome you into our family.