Chances are you aren’t paying that much attention to how far down your gums come down your teeth or not. But if you start to notice that your teeth look a little bit longer than they used to, it’s not because your teeth are suddenly growing, it’s probably because your gums have receded and exposed more of the tooth material. More than an aesthetic concern, gum recession can actually be considered a dental health concern since it increases the chance of tooth sensitivity or cavities.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Just like how there are different reasons that you might be experiencing tooth pain, there are different reasons why your gums may be receding. For one, it may be due to gum disease. As the infection spreads, it damages your gum tissue. Other common causes of gum recession include over-aggressive tooth brushing, which pushes at your gums too hard or the wrong way, and persistent teeth grinding/clenching, which results in pressure that pushes gums back.
How Can You Treat Gum Recession?
You may not be able to turn back the clock on gum recession but there are still ways to treat it, so it doesn’t worsen. What kind of treatment you get for your gum recession depends on how severe it is. If it’s not too serious yet, it’s possible that a deep cleaning, which is also known as tooth scaling or tooth planing, can resolve the situation. If the gum recession is further progressed, your dentist may recommend that you get surgery to help regenerate lost tissue or to take tissue from another part of the body and graft it to your gums.
Gum Health at Chandler Dental Center
Are you currently dealing with gum recession and need help managing it? Call or email our team at Chandler Dental Center to set up an appointment. With our large suite of dental services, we are confident that we can help you restore the health and appearance of not just your gums, but your overall smile.
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