Have you ever heard the expression “long in the tooth?” It’s used to describe elderly horses because as they age, their teeth get longer. If you have looked in the mirror and noticed that you’ve become long in the tooth because of gum recession, it’s time to call Fort Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.
Gums may recede for a number of reasons, but many are avoidable with awareness and proper care.
What Are the Causes of Gum Recession?
The causes for gum recession are numerous. Many factors can make damage more likely to occur.
Hygiene may be a factor, with inadequate preventive dental care, advancing periodontal disease, or even lack of orthodontia causing gum recession. Why orthodontia? Misaligned teeth can make home care difficult or put extra pressure on certain locations. Avoiding regular cleanings can cause periodontal disease to advance without treatment to the detriment of your gums’ health.
Your habits can also affect the health of your teeth. Habitual causes of gum recession include teeth grinding, forceful tooth brushing, and tobacco use. Teeth grinding and strenuous tooth brushing put excess pressure on gums. Tobacco use can lead to a buildup of sticky plaque that can be particularly tricky to remove.
Other causes for recession include oral body piercings, genetics that may predispose you to certain gum diseases, or even hormone fluctuations associated with puberty, pregnancies, or menopause.
How Can You Avoid Receding Gums?
The first step in preventing gum recession is to visit Fort Worth dentist Dr. Nikki Green twice each year (or as recommended) for regular cleanings and examinations. Dr. Green and our fantastic team of skilled dental hygienists will work with you to make sure you are avoiding hygiene or habitual causes of gum recession.
Minor behavior modifications, like stopping tobacco use or improving your overall diet, offer great opportunities to avoid future problems. Often, taking small actions like switching your toothbrush to a softer bristle texture are all it takes to ensure protection for sensitive gums.
How Can You Treat Gum Disease?
There are many options for gum recession treatment from intense cleanings to more advanced solutions, including those done under sedation.
If a deep cleaning does not stop your recession, we can discuss surgical options. Regeneration offers the promise of grafted material regrown in areas affected by bone or tissue loss from gum recession. Soft tissue grafts move healthy tissue from one area of the mouth to the spot where it’s needed. Pocket reduction therapies can also reduce the depth or size of the areas between the teeth where harmful bacteria can hide.
The best way you can avoid problems is to pay close attention to your oral health. Keep an eye on any changes you see in your smile over time and visit our Fort Worth dental office so we can assist you in that task, too. Call us today at (817) 737-6601 to schedule your appointment.