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How to Deal with Gum Recession

How to Deal with Gum Recession

It starts slowly, but before you know it, the process has left you with teeth that look longer and yellower than you remember them.

What’s happening?

Gums can recede for a number of reasons. Identifying which reasons are contributing to your case can help you take action to slow down the recession.

Causes of Receding Gumlines

You’ll notice that some contributing factors are in your control while others may not be:

  • Age
  • Bad bite
  • Genetics
  • Gum disease
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Teeth grinding
  • Aggressive tooth-brushing

By putting an end to the causes you can control, you can keep your gums from creeping further up the roots of your teeth.

Why Gum Recession Is Bad

As gums disappear, they expose more of the roots of your teeth. Not only does this look bad, but it puts those soft roots right in the line of fire of cavities. Your teeth will also get really sensitive without their protective tissue covering.

In addition, as your teeth lose gum support, they can eventually loosen from their sockets.

Can Anything Be Done?

Once gums are lost to recession, there’s not much chance of them growing back.

You can, however, treat your teeth to protect them after gum recession. Dental bonding and veneers are potential options. In drastic situations, you may need to consider some gum surgery to graft new tissue over the damaged areas.

Stop Gum Recession

Don’t let your gum recession rule your life! Dr. Ghattas can help you get a handle on the situation and identify the cause. He will also explain your best options for restoring your smile. Contact our office today for more information.

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Posted on behalf of Dentistry of Kingwood