Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue around the teeth wears away or recedes, exposing some or even all of the tooth’s root.
Your gums are a major part of the health of your mouth and your teeth. Without healthy gums, your tooth are vulnerable to damage and decay. Your gums also provide stability for your teeth. Here’s what you should know about gum recession and how to prevent it.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession can happen to anyone–even individuals who have great dental hygiene. It can be caused by brushing too hard, wearing ill-fitting dentures, experiencing an injury to the mouth, smoking and drinking, or even genetics. The primary cause of gum recession is periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is generally the result of poor oral hygiene and chronic gingivitis. It causes gums to become inflamed and can compromise the tissues connecting the teeth to the jaw. Over time, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss.
What Problems Does Gum Recession Cause?
Gum recession creates pockets around the teeth. These pockets can trap food and bacteria, leading to issues like persistent bad breath, bleeding, tender gums and chronic infection.
Gum recession can lead to intense pain if the tooth root is exposed. Over time, chewing and biting also become painful.
When to Talk to Your Dentist About Gum Recession?
It’s important to schedule regular dental examinations and cleanings to maintain your oral health. It’s also important to visit your dentist if you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease. If you’ve noticed bleeding, inflamed or tender gums, make an appointment with your dentist. Treatment can range from brushing techniques to deep cleaning procedures known as scaling and root planing.
Patriot Family Dental in Clarksville, Tennessee offers treatment of gum disease and gum recession. Make your appointment with us today.