We tend to give a lot of thought to our teeth, but how much thought is given to our gums? After all, they play an equally important role in our oral health. Gums cover the roots of the teeth, providing protection and anchoring the teeth in place. Therefore, sound gum tissue is vital to keeping your teeth and smile healthy. When gum tissue is unhealthy, many problems can arise, leading to inflammation, infection and bone loss.
Causes of Receding Gums
It’s possible to be genetically predisposed to gum disease as a result of misaligned teeth or unique oral bacteria, but often there is a combination of factors that can cause gums to recede or pull away from the teeth. Brushing too hard or aggressive flossing can aggravate the tissue and cause inflammation. On the other hand, when harmful bacteria is not consistently removed, it can irritate the tissue and cause redness, swelling and bleeding. This can lead to gum disease that can cause tooth loss.
Treatment for Receding Gumlines
Proper diagnosis and treatment can stop, and even reverse, gum disease. Your dentist, or dental hygienist, may recommend deep cleanings called scaling and root planing to remove bacteria and infection from the gum tissue. This can help heal gum disease by encouraging the gum tissue to grow back healthier when followed with consistent dental cleanings. If gums are receding due to teeth grinding, your dentist can fit you with a custom mouthguard. If it is caused by misalignment, diligent home care is required and orthodontics may be necessary. In more severe cases, gum grafting by a periodontist may be required.
No matter the cause, Dr. James Reisman and Dr. Jordana Contrucci at C R Dental Group located in Dallas, Texas, have many years of experience helping patients take control of their oral health. After a thorough exam, they can help you create a treatment plan to repair and renew receding gums. Even after years of neglect, they are able to achieve great results restoring patients smiles!