Top 5 Ways You’re Causing Your Gums to Recede
One of the most visible signs of poor dental hygiene, trauma, or periodontal disease is a receding gum line. While many people want to correct their uneven, unattractive gum lines for cosmetic reasons, gum recession is a sign that your smile is at risk for serious, irreversible damage if left untreated. Unfortunately, most people are not aware that certain daily habits, such as tooth brushing, may actually be contributing to gum loss.
If you are concerned about the health and appearance of your gums, please schedule an appointment today with the board-certified periodontists at the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy. It’s never too late to protect and rejuvenate your smile!
What is Gum Recession?
When gum tissue begins to recede and wear away from the teeth, it exposes the more sensitive parts of the teeth and creates hard-to-reach pockets between the teeth and gums where bacteria can grow. Most people are not aware that the recession has started as it occurs slowly over years, which makes it all the more important to schedule regular dental and periodontal visits to prevent the condition from starting in the first place. Periodontal scaling and root planing can help keep the gum line clean.
What are the Signs of Receding Gums?
As a progressive condition, gum recession is typically not noticeable until the gums have worn away to the point that the gum line becomes uneven or teeth appear longer than usual. Other signs include:
- Hypersensitive teeth
- Loose, mobile teeth
- Exposed roots of the tooth
- Two different colors on the tooth
- Gum bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Swollen, red gums
- Visible gaps between the teeth
For an accurate assessment of these signs, it is crucial to see a periodontal specialist. In some cases, more immediate treatment may be necessary.
How You Might Actually Be Causing Your Gums to Recede
Clenching or Grinding Teeth
Also known as bruxism, clenching or grinding the teeth on a daily or nightly basis can weaken not only the tooth enamel, but cause the teeth to become loose in the gum tissue, creating pockets where bacteria can thrive. Bruxism is one of the most common causes of gum recession and can be treated with a variety of methods, such as a mouth guard, massages, avoiding caffeine, therapy, or even Botox.
Brushing Too Hard
While you may feel like you’re getting your teeth extra clean by brushing diligently and aggressively, forceful tooth brushing can actually be damaging to the tooth enamel and gum tissue. Scrubbing away at your teeth every day can cause the teeth and gums to wear down, resulting in receding gums.
Using a Hard Toothbrush
Similarly to brushing too hard, many people believe that using a toothbrush with hard bristles is going to be extra tough on plaque and bacteria. Unfortunately, hard bristles can damage the teeth and gums, especially if brushing too hard.
Not Brushing Thoroughly
There is a reason every dental expert advises patients to brush and floss their teeth two to three times a day. If bacteria, food debris, and plaque remain on the teeth, especially in those tough to reach areas, the build up can have wide reaching negative consequences. Poor dental hygiene can not only cause gum recession, but it can also lead to gingivitis, gum disease, and other systemic health concerns like heart disease and diabetes.
Gum disease affects nearly the majority of adults in the United States. The condition begins as gingivitis and slowly progresses to gum disease, which is also known as periodontitis, if left untreated. Gum disease is essentially caused by bacteria that destroy gum and bone tissue, which separates the gums from the teeth and allows bacteria to reach the connective tissue and bone that hold teeth in place. At the earliest sign of gingivitis or gum recession, it is vital to see a specialist as soon as possible.
Treating Gum Recession with RejuvaGum Lift
The CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy is proud to provide RejuvaGum Lift, the most cutting-edge treatment available for gum recession. The treatment is simple, yet highly effective. RejuvaGum Lift involves taking only a small sample of a patient’s blood and placing it in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets, plasma, and white blood cells to create an Advanced-Platelet Rich Fibrin that will help support the healing process. The Fibrin is surgically placed in the gums to trigger tissue regeneration for a healthy, even gum line in a matter of months.
Schedule a RejuvaGum Lift Today!
If you are suffering from receding gums or other signs of gum disease, do not wait to schedule a thorough screening and treatment at the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal and Implant Therapy in LA. Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky have extensive training and experience helping patients achieve stronger, healthier gums. Call (310) 299-8329 today!