What Is Gum Recession & Why Does It Happen?

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Healthy gums are firm and free from issues like bleeding or tenderness. When they’re not healthy, they can start pulling back from your teeth, creating pockets where plaque and tartar can build up. Why does gum recession happen? Is it a big deal?

What Is Gum Recession & What Causes It?

When your gum tissue pulls away from your teeth, the roots of your teeth are exposed. Your teeth become more sensitive, while the bigger pockets are the perfect home for bacteria. You’re more likely to get cavities! Gum disease is often responsible, although you can develop gum recession if you’re brushing your teeth too hard or chewing tobacco. How do you know if your gums are receding? Your teeth may look longer than usual, while symptoms like increased sensitivity, bleeding, and loose teeth are common.

How Do You Treat Gum Recession?

If gum disease is causing your gums to recede, we’ll perform a deep cleaning to get all the plaque and tartar from below the gum line. We’ll also smooth your tooth roots, so it’s easier for them to reattach to your gums. In some cases, we may need to apply medication to kill an infection. If we catch gum disease early, it can be reversed with treatment, but more advanced gum disease can only be managed.

How Do You Prevent Gum Recession?

Proper brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist are the best way to prevent gum recession. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush in small, gentle circles. When you floss, avoid snapping or sawing the floss into your gums. At your biannual dental checkups, we can provide advice on proper brushing and flossing techniques and diagnose any gum recession before it gets serious.

Protect Your Gum Health at Curtis Family Dentistry in Mooresville, NC

Your gum health is very important! At our office, Dr. Curtis and the team check for signs of gum recession, bleeding, swelling, and any other issues at every exam. Treatments like deep cleanings, medication, and more help get your oral health back on track. If you have questions or want to book an appointment, please reach out to us today!

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