Oral health impacts your overall health. Brushing and flossing every day are essential; and you need to make sure you are visiting your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam. If you are experiencing issues with your teeth and/or gums, your dentist will be able to spot a problem early, and either correct it or refer you to someone that is specifically trained to treat your condition.
This may be the case with gum recession . Recession can occur for many reasons. The aging process results in wear and tear on gum tissue, so many older adults may experience gum recession. Other causes include:
Poor oral hygiene – Failure to adequately clean your teeth daily allows plaque to build pushing gum tissue back resulting in recession.
Heredity – You can’t help this one; your dental care will play a huge role in how this will impact your dental health .
Mistakes in brushing – A hard bristle toothbrush and excessive pressure can prematurely wear away precious gum tissue. You do not need to scrub your teeth to keep them clean. A soft bristle toothbrush and brushing for two minutes twice each day are recommended.
A malocclusion (teeth out of alignment), previous dental treatment, and oral piercings can also contribute to gum recession.
Depending on the severity of your condition, treatment options are various. For minor recession your dentist may recommend changes to your daily oral care such as to begin using a toothpaste designed to control sensitivity. If aesthetics are your primary concern, there are cosmetic options available that will restore your smile.
But when your gingival condition has advanced, an appointment with a periodontist may be your best option to save you from tooth loss. At its advanced stage, periodontitis may occur. Gum recession exposes the roots of your teeth leading to decay, infection, and the potential for tooth loss.
Your periodontist has options for treatment … a deep cleaning (root planing and scaling) may be the first step. Antibiotics to treat infection may be prescribed. Medicated oral rinses may also be recommended. Tissue grafts provide another treatment option.
Preventive care is always better than the need for eventual treatment. Brush and floss daily to help control plaque build-up; and see your dentist every six months for cleaning and exam.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our team at Lakeside Dental Solutions today.