Have you been noticing that more of your teeth are showing and less of your gums are present when you smile? This could be due to something called gum recession. Gum recession cannot only affect the look of your smile, but it can also be painful and even scary at times. During the gum recession process the margin of your gum tissue that surrounds your teeth begins to wear or pull away. This can gradually expose the root of your tooth or teeth as well.
If you want to know if you have gum recession you can look at your teeth and see if you notice it. This method is not a great indication because it happens so gradually that you often don’t notice the change that’s occurred in your mouth. You can also run your tongue along your gum line and you can sometimes notice a notch.
The best way to determine if you have gum recession is to have them evaluated by an expert in dental health such as Dr. Adeniran at Embrace Dental Care. If you think you could have gum recession it is not something you can ignore. It serves as a breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria to form.
There are many reasons your gums could be receding. Some reasons include:
- Your brushing or flossing routine and tools may be too aggressive. A gentle clean with a gentle toothbrush is the best method.
- You may be prone to gum recession if someone in your family had it as well.
- Misaligned teeth can cause gum recession.
- Your nightly habits of grinding can cause gum recession.
- Injury or trauma to your gums can cause them to recede.
- Periodontitis and poor oral health can cause gum recession.
If you have receding gums, Dr. Adeniran may be able to correct them with a procedure called Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation. Call and schedule your appointment with Embrace Dental Care today to see if this procedure can help your gum recession issues.
Posted on behalf of Embrace Dental Care