What Does It Mean When Gums Recede?

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When you have gum recession, this could mean poor oral hygiene habits, and the presence of gingivitis and possibly even gum disease. When this occurs, you need to seek treatment right away. Otherwise, this could grow more severe and threaten your smile’s stability! In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about stopping receding tissues.

The Causes of Gum Recession

Recession means that your gums are receding, causing your teeth to appear long and uneven. This could also mean the presence of gingivitis or periodontal disease, and a potential threat to your smile’s long-term stability. With gingivitis, the tissue has become inflamed and may feel sore or bleed easily. This can be reversed with treatment. With periodontal disease there is no cure, but routine care could manage the disease to prevent further harm to your smile, such as worsening recession or even adult tooth loss! When you notice even minor changes to your tissues, such as redness around the teeth, be sure to let us know.

Brushing Too Hard

In some situations, this could be caused by people brushing too hard. This is especially true for those using medium or hard bristled toothbrushes. We suggest using one with soft bristles, and taking care not to be too rough as we clean along the gum line. Afterall, cleaning too hard could not oily impact your gums, but could weaken outer enamel, the layer that protects your teeth from the onset of tooth decay and infection!

Treatment for Inflammation and Disease

For inflammation, we could recommend a deep cleaning. Also known as a scaling and root planing, this involves removing all plaque and tartar from the outside of the teeth and from the roots too. For some this could take one visit, while others may need between two and four visits, depending on how severe this buildup actually becomes. We then polish the teeth for a brighter appearance. This could also help us begin managing the early stages of periodontal disease. Other treatments to address periodontal disease include gum grafting, which restores the areas exposed by recession, or even pocket reduction surgery, which helps close periodontal pockets and allow healthy tissues to adhere to the teeth.

If you have any questions about our treatment options, or if you would like to schedule a visit to assess the health of your gingival tissues, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to ensure your smile remains healthy and whole!

Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist About Receding Gums

We would like to help you avoid the impacts of receding gums and periodontal disease. If you would like to learn more about improving the health and beauty of your smile, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.