Generally speaking, gingival recession (receding gums) is the process of gradually losing gum tissue, which, if left unaddressed, can eventually lead to the exposure of the tooth root. Adults over the age of 40 are most likely to experience gum recession, but teenagers can also get it.
It’s hard to self-diagnose gum recession in its early stages because it often happens asymptomatically. It is important to maintain regular dental checkups in order to prevent gum recession and identify risk factors.
It is important to note that every case of gum recession is slightly different, and therefore there are a variety of treatments available. Prior to dealing with the root cause of the recession, it is essential to address the nature of the problem which caused it to begin with.
An overly aggressive brushing technique may result in the erosion of the gums; therefore, a softer toothbrush and a gentler brushing method should be used. It is possible to remove bacteria and debris from the gum pockets with prophylaxis (professional dental cleaning) if poor oral hygiene is a problem. To heal gingival inflammation and clean teeth that have developed severe calculus (tartar), scaling and root planing is performed.
As soon as the cause of the gingival recession has been identified, cosmetic or restorative surgery may be recommended. Regrowing gum tissue and doing gum grafts are two great ways to restore gum symmetry and make your smile look better.
Please consult your dentist if you have any questions or concerns regarding periodontal disease, periodontal treatments, or gum recession.
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