When you have receding gums, the gum tissue that surrounds and protects your teeth has started to wear away. Although it’s a common and treatable problem, it can be difficult to recognize. One reason for this is that the process happens so gradually. Understanding the causes and symptoms of receding gums is essential so you can seek prompt treatment.
Most Common Causes and Symptoms of Receding Gums
Gum disease is the leading cause of gum recession. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that they have that condition either. Other typical causes include:
- Genetic predisposition
- Clenching or grinding of teeth
- Lack of proper oral hygiene
- Brushing or flossing your teeth too aggressively
- Tobacco use
- Gum tissue trauma
- Improper alignment of your teeth
- Poor nutrition
- Tongue or lip piercing
- Poorly fitting dental restorations
- Effect of certain medications
- Reduced immunity
Most Common Signs of Gum Recession
- Sudden tooth sensitivity
- Some of your teeth appear longer
- An indentation or notch at the gum line
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Pus appearing between teeth and gums
- Tender, swollen or bright red gums
We encourage you to schedule an immediate evaluation with your dentist if you notice these or other sudden changes with your oral health.
How to Treat Receding Gums
The first and simplest thing you can do for receding gums is to improve your oral hygiene. Commit to brushing and flossing at least twice every day if you don’t already. We also recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles as well as a dental floss with soft coating. You can also make some important lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking and removing any tongue or lip piercings. Your dentist will prescribe an antibiotic if you have developed an infection.
You also have several options if these remedies don’t improve your receding gums. One of these is coming to Brewery District Dental for a deep cleaning appointment. This involves scraping plaque and other debris from your teeth, planing the roots and then smoothing them. Other treatment possibilities include:
- Pocket depth reduction: This involves your dentist removing bacteria between your gums and teeth and then placing the receded gum over the exposed tooth roots.
- Regeneration: This is similar to the above procedure except that your dentist stimulates regrowth of gum tissue by using regenerative material.
- Soft tissue graft: When it’s not possible to regenerate tissue, your dentist will remove a small amount from under your tongue or the roof of your mouth and transplant it to your gums.
If you think you could have receding gums, we’re here to help. Contact us at 604-522-2425 to schedule an exam or to learn more about treatment options today.