Receding gums, known in the dentistry industry as gingival recession, is when the roots of the teeth are exposed due to the loss of gum tissue. It can also be caused by the retraction or lateral movement of the gingival margin, or crest of the marginal gingiva, from the crown of the teeth. Whilst it can affect anyone from their teenage years, it is most prevalent in adults who are over the age of forty. It can be referred to as gingival, followed by either retraction or recession, as the former refers to the intentional procedure. This is carried out in a number of procedures, most notably via chemical or electrical means. The latter is non-intentional, possibly indicating an underlying inflammation of some sort. Like most ailments, the sooner it is caught, the more chance of a successful treatment programming minimising any long-term effects, but receding gums treatment is vital because if left untreated, it can, in some cases, lead to tooth loss due to the breakdown of the tissue surrounding the teeth.
Why are my gums receding?
A sensitive area, often problems associated with patients’ gums can go unnoticed because they don’t normally pay all that much attention to them, but it’s important to remember that they are one of the areas that can be affected by time. Whilst it may not be entirely obvious from just a glance, many that suffer from gingival recession will notice that the top of their teeth, by the gumline, are tender to the touch as well as often appearing to have small cuts or notches. Because the exposure of the root of the tooth, a part usually covered by the gum, it is incredibly sensitive, so if you’re noticing that you’re finding it harder than normal to eat hot or cold food or liquids, this might be an indication that your gums have begun to recede.
Receding gums treatment
As soon as you notice any abnormalities with your gums, be they swollen or bleeding, you should get in touch with Pure Periodontics for a consultation they will instruct you on the best course of action, tailoring your receding gum treatment to exactly what you need.
There are various stages of gingival recession so it’s paramount that you understand exactly what level is before you seek out a cure for receding gums. The early stage includes inflamed gums, due to a buildup of plaque, with a heightened sense of irritation, although the teeth are very much still in place and no other tissue damage has occurred. However, if left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis.
When it comes to the treatment for receding gums, the directions as instructed by your dentist can vary greatly, depending on the severity of the condition of your gums. These can be anything from simply changing your brushing habits to requiring dental surgery to repair the gum damage. In the middle, you may just require a deep clean by your dentist.
If a patient is are showing signs of severely receded gums, a graft taken from part of the mouth may provide the only option. However, homeopathic or herbal treatments are sometimes a more tolerable course of treatment for those with lesser issues.
How to stop receding gums
When it comes to treating receding gums, the only thing better than treatment is prevention, so as long as you take care of your gums, you greatly reduce the chances of suffering from sensitive gums. Many are misled into believing that it’s just a consequence of growing older, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Following these simple steps would definitely aid the avoidance of such problems:
- Cutting back on bad habits, like smoking for example, as this makes it harder for the gum tissue to repair itself.
- Ensuring you maintain a routine of oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing on a daily basis. An unclean mouth makes it much easier for gum recession to develop because of the build up between the teeth.
- Regular cleanings with your dentist to eradicate any plaque buildup as well as monitoring the current state of your gums.
Unfortunately, some people are saddled with the predisposed notion of this problem, always at risk of needing receding gums treatment because it can be hereditary, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take preventative measures, also. Prevention and subsequent early diagnosis will all aid in minimal discomfort and reduce the chances of painful gums and tooth loss.
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