Gum disease is a big problem and it can sneak up on you and destroy your teeth. Stop receding gums and periodontal disease before it is too late. Do not ignore gum recession.
Bacteria are present in everyone’s mouth. 24/7, these micro-organisms eat away our most precious resources – your gums. There is nowhere to buy a new set of gums no matter how rich you are. Receding gums are one of those things that most people don’t think about until it happens to them. As gum loss typically begins to occur between the ages of 35-40, many adults attribute tooth sensitivity, in its beginning stages and other changes, to the aging process. Left unchecked, the gingiva or gums can recede considerably to the point of exposing the roots of a tooth. The process is gradual, with possibly a few discreet signs, such as sensitivity to hot or cold beverages or food items, slight bleeding at the gum line, perhaps even some minor discomfort or puffiness from time to time.
Gum recession is the process in which the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth’s root. When gum recession occurs, “pockets,” or gaps, form between the teeth and gum line, making it easy for disease-causing bacteria to build up. If left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged, and may ultimately result in tooth loss.
Gum recession is a common dental problem. Most people don’t know they have gum recession because it occurs gradually. The first sign of gum recession is usually tooth sensitivity, or you may notice a tooth looks longer than normal. Typically, a notch can be felt near the gum line.
Causes of Gum Recession
Periodontal diseases. These are bacterial gum infections that destroy gum tissue and supporting bone that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease is the main cause of gum recession.
Your genes. Some people may be more susceptible to gum disease. In fact, studies show that 30% of the population may be predisposed to gum disease, regardless of how well they care for their teeth.
Aggressive tooth brushing. If you brush your teeth too hard or the wrong way, it can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear away and your gums to recede.
Grinding and clenching your teeth. Clenching or grinding your teeth can put too much force on the teeth, causing gums to recede.
Tobacco products. Tobacco users are more likely to have a sticky plaque on their teeth that is difficult to remove and can cause gum recession.
Insufficient dental care. Inadequate brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash makes it easy for plaque to turn into calculus (tartar) — a hard substance that builds on and between your teeth and can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. It can lead to gum recession.
Hormonal changes. Fluctuations in female hormone levels during a woman’s lifetime, such as in puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can make gums more sensitive and more vulnerable to gum recession.
Gum recession is not something you want to ignore. If you think your gums are receding, make an appointment with your dentist. There are treatments that can repair the gum and prevent further damage.
If your gum recession cannot be treated with deep cleaning because of excess loss of bone and pockets that are too deep, gum surgery may be required to repair the damage caused by gum recession.
Contact Dr. Terry Bass, DDS 405-848-7780 today, if you are experiencing gum recession and get started on treatment to heal your gums.