Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, revealing the roots beneath. Various factors, including aggressive brushing, smoking, and even genetics, contribute to it. Your gum tissue does not regenerate like other types of tissue (like the epithelial tissue of your skin). As a result, it cannot be reversed, but treatment can keep it from worsening. Antibiotics and antibacterial mouth rinses are some of the most popular options to prevent gum recession from worsening.
Gum recession is a common dental issue. Most people are unaware they have a gum recession because it happens gradually. The initial indicator of gum recession is tooth sensitivity, which may also appear longer than usual. A notch is typically felt around the gum line.
The extent of the damage determines the treatment of receding gums. If the infection has damaged the bone or created deep pockets in the gums, you may need surgery to save your teeth. Depending on what is needed, scaling and root planing, bone grafting or regeneration, gum grafts, or simply lifting and reattaching existing gum tissue may be required. Your dentist may apply a slow-release antibacterial gel under your gum line or prescribe an antibiotic mouthwash in some circumstances.
If the recession has only recently begun, the registered hygienist at our Scarborough clinic can wipe away the harmful germs and smooth the tooth, making it more difficult for the bacteria to re-establish a footing.
Gum recession is more than simply an aesthetic issue; it also has the potential to be a significant health issue. The longer it is left untreated, the worse it becomes, the more permanent the damage done, and the more serious the treatment required to correct it.
Practising regular dental and gum care can significantly lower your risk of infection-related gum recession. For example:
- Brush your teeth thoroughly twice every day.
- Floss once daily.
- Use an antimicrobial mouthwash twice daily.
- Follow your dentist’s recommendation for teeth cleanings. (Many people can maintain healthy gums with six-month cleanings, but some may need more frequent visits.)
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Don’t smoke or use chewing tobacco.
Contact our dental office immediately if your sensitive teeth aren’t recovering even after using fluoride-rich toothpaste and mouthwash. You may save both your teeth and money in the long run.