Gum recession is one of the more common oral health problems, and it can be caused due to a number of reasons – not just age. As gums recede, the root of the tooth is exposed, and gaps begin to form. This allows disease causing bacteria to penetrate the root, and unless carefully managed by your dentist this could eventually lead to tooth loss. It can be difficult to recognise the early signs of gum recession, so in this blog post we will highlight the causes and some helpful tips to reduce your risk.
The Causes of Gum Recession
Some people are genetically prone to gum recession and it will not be possible to avoid it. Typical indicators include fragile or weak gum tissue.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Teeth-grinding is a difficult habit to break, but the team at Sydney Park Dental can help you overcome this. It is a risk factor for numerous oral health problems, but it can easily lead to gum recession due to the pressure placed on the gums. Over time, gums will weaken and start to recede.
Poor Brushing Technique
Whilst it is advised that patients brush their teeth twice a day, you really don’t want to exceed this. Excessive teeth brushing may lead to enamel erosion and gum recession, along with increased sensitivity. Try not to brush too hard, and use a soft bristle toothbrush if you can as they are much gentler on gums and tooth enamel. Brush your teeth morning and night for around 2 minutes at a time, followed by mouthwash and a gentle flossing. This will help to protect your gums and overall oral health.
Tobacco causes sticky plaque to build up on your teeth. This can be very difficult to remove and will contribute to gum recession.
Gum Recession Treatment
Gum recession is usually treated by a deep clean of the affected area. This is a process known as tooth scaling and root planing, and it aims to remove all plaque and tartar build up before smoothing the exposed root. This makes it much more difficult to bacteria to affix itself.
In more severe cases, gum surgery may be necessary. If you are concerned about gum recession or gum disease, it is important that you schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Gum disease will continue to worsen over time unless regular dental appointments and professional cleanings are performed. It is crucial that plaque is removed before it hardens and turns into tartar, as this is the main cause of gum irritation.
Gum Recession in Children
Many people have a mistaken belief that gum recession is an adult condition. You’ve probably heard the term “getting long in the tooth” before, but you may be surprised to learn that children can be affected too. It is important that children are taught proper brushing and flossing techniques from a young age, as over brushing is one of the main causes in children. Other causes include poor oral hygiene, teeth grinding and mouth injuries.
Keep your Gums Healthy – Visit Sydney Park Dental Today
Gum recession and gum disease can easily go undetected. If it’s been a while since you last visited the dentist, or if you have any concerns, now is the time to schedule an appointment. The professional dentists at Sydney Park Dental have a wealth of experience in examination and treatment of these conditions, and our aim is to help every patient maintain optimal oral health.
Book an appointment today via our website, or call us on (02) 8084 7170. We look forward to seeing you soon.