Most people have gingival recession or commonly known as receding gum. In fact, a study revealed that it occurs to more than 50% of all adults in the UK.
Gum recession is a condition where a portion of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth deteriorates and pulls back. Signs include exposed teeth’s roots, sensitive teeth and the appearance of longer teeth. Once gum tissue recedes, there is no way to grow it back naturally.
This condition may cause more oral problems. Pockets form between the teeth and gum line, which may trap food and disease-causing bacteria. These increase the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease, which will eventually lead to damage and tooth loss.
Gum recession can be a cause or effect of certain factors, such as heredity, chronic gum disease and malocclusion. The recurring infections prevent gum tissues to recover and return. In addition, a misaligned teeth and bite will place excessive force on gums and bone, causing them to recede.
Poor oral care is another factor. Overaggressive brushing and flossing causes the gums to pull away further from the gum line. In addition, lack of oral hygiene causes tartar build up and leads to gum-related diseases.
Certain oral habits may lead to gum recession as well. Bruxism or night-time teeth grinding may put a strain on the gums, causing them to pull back. Frequent tobacco users have sticky plaque in their teeth, which increases the risk of receding gums. Piercings in the lip or tongue may irritate the gums, causing infection and recession.
Oral health experts strongly recommend thorough brushing to prevent the gums’ wear and tear. As for treatment, some dentists perform gum contouring through laser technology. It is the process of levelling the gum line to protect the teeth’s roots from further damage.
Healthy gums go hand in hand with healthy teeth. Therefore, careful maintenance of gums is very important. Through proper oral care, people may avoid experiencing gum recession and its consequences.
A dentist’s intervention is necessary for those who already have gum problems, however. Aesthetic Smiles provides a range of dental procedures that will help improve the teeth and gums. Our treatments let people enjoy not only good oral health but confidence in having a better smile, as well.
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