Your gums are the tissues inside the mouth that are there to cover and protect the root of your teeth. When the gums pull away from the teeth it is called gum recession, and it is a serious oral health concern that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Gum recession that is left untreated can lead to serious issues inside the mouth, including gum disease and tooth loss.
The gum tissues are supposed to fit around each tooth like a cuff – holding the tooth securely in place and protecting it from unwanted invaders. When gum recession occurs, the entire tooth is left vulnerable to infection and disease. Understanding the causes of gum recession is extremely important so that you can protect your teeth from this occurrence. The main causes are:
- Brushing the teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Inadequate or infrequent brushing
- Gum disease
- Trauma to the gums
- Partial dentures that fit improperly
- Prominent tooth roots
- Any type of tobacco usage
The good news about gum recession is that when it is caught early, it can be treated successfully. For patients with mild gum recession, simply switching to a soft-bristled or an automatic toothbrush can do the trick. The gums will be allowed to move back down into their desired positions, and they will be restored. For patients with more severe gum recession caused by poor oral hygiene, trauma, genetics, or tobacco use, treatment will often be necessary to repair the gums and to protect the teeth.
Dr. Wayne G. Suway has more than 35 years of dentistry experience. With the advancements made in dental technology, he can effectively treat gum recession in a gentle manner. Dr. Suway and his entire dental team are committed to helping patients achieve optimal oral health – healthy teeth, healthy gums, and a healthy mouth. Call today.