Receding Gums – What you Need to Know
If you notice that your gums are pulling away from your teeth or that your teeth look longer than they used to, you may be suffering from receding gums. Other symptoms of this dental problem include gum inflammation or unevenness.
Gums usually recede over a relatively long period of time. Keeping a close eye on them and your teeth is the best way to identify dental problems while they are still easy to treat. We are passionate about helping our patients achieve better oral health. An important part of that includes preventing and treating receding gums. The section below provides more information about the causes, symptoms, and treatment methods used for dealing with this condition.
Symptoms of Receding Gums
You may notice some or all of these symptoms:
–Redness or swelling of the gums
An unpleasant taste in your mouth or bad breath
Teeth that are loose
Changes to your bite
Painful, bleeding gums
Flossing-related pain or discomfort
Increased sensitivity to warm or cold temperatures
Being able to see portions of the root of the tooth
Factors That Contribute to Receding Gums
Poor brushing habits – Brushing your teeth too hard or using a toothbrush with extremely stiff bristles can lead to receding gums.
Using tobacco products – Smoking and using chewing tobacco can both damage your gums.
Gingivitis – This condition is caused by an excessive amount of plaque on your teeth. Over time, this plaque can cause swelling in your gums.
Injuries to your mouth – If your teeth, mouth, or gums are injured, it can lead to infections in your gums. The same holds true for dentures that don’t fit properly or piercings in your mouth.
Periodontal disease – Diseased gums can swell and become infected, which can eventually cause you to lose teeth.
Genetic factors – Gum problems have a genetic link, meaning that certain people are more susceptible to problems than others, based on their genes.
Additional causes – Other factors such as getting older, suffering from health problems like diabetes, or not properly caring for your teeth can also contribute to receding gums.
Altering The Way You Brush Your Teeth
Choose a toothbrush with softer bristles and brush your teeth lightly, avoiding using too much pressure. This will keep your teeth clean while minimizing any damage to your gums.
Covering the Exposed Portion of The Root
If the roots of any of your teeth are exposed, our dental experts advise covering the exposed area with porcelain or composite. This helps prevent additional gum damage.
Gum Grafting Via Surgery
This process involves surgically removing healthy tissue from other parts of the mouth and using that tissue to heal areas where the gums are damaged.
Treating the Problem Through Orthodontics
If your teeth are difficult to clean because of how they are positioned in your mouth, orthodontic methods designed to reposition them may help minimize the risk of developing receding gums.
The professionals at Collins Bay Dental have the skills and expertise required to effectively treat receding gums. After identifying the cause of the problem, we will work with you to come up with a treatment plan that provides the desired results. For patients in and around the Kingston area, we also offer emergency dental services.
If you have been having trouble with your gums or if you believe they may be receding, contact us today.
Setting up an appointment right away is the best way to prevent the issue from worsening over time.