3 causes of receding gums in Westminster
When teeth start to appear a little longer, it doesn’t mean they are growing. It means your body is trying to tell you something important about your oral health. Everyone is susceptible to all kinds of dental issues, but you can help protect your teeth from receding gums if you understand these three well-know causes.
1. Gum disease
If you think that neglecting to brush and floss your teeth regularly can put you at risk for prevent gingivitis, or prevent gum disease, you are absolutely correct. Some people, however, have crooked teeth that are almost impossible to get completely clean, even if they are diligent about cleaning. And in addition to causing gums to recede, diseased gums are still the number one cause of adult tooth loss today.
2. Overly aggressive tooth brushing
It turns out that you actually can brush too much, or at least too hard. While brushing and flossing two times per day is crucial, it is equally important to use the right toothbrush and the correct method of brushing. Brushing too hard wears away the enamel on your teeth and also damages your gums and pushes them back. Always use a soft bristled toothbrush and replace it with a new one every 3-4 months. If you aren’t sure whether you are cleaning your teeth properly, ask your dentist to help you “brush up” on your technique.
Bruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding and jaw clenching, may remind you of bad horror film moments, but they are not good for your oral health either. Not only can this repetitive behavior lead to TMJ, a very painful jaw joint disorder, but the excessive pressure on your teeth also causes your gums to recede.
What is the treatment for receding gums?
The treatment for gums that are receding varies depending on what is causing it. Scaling and planing is typical treatment for gum disease. If gums have receded far enough, surgery or gum grafting or rejuvenation are also treatments for receding gum.
What should you do if your gums are receding?
Contact your Baltimore dentist immediately to arrange a complimentary consultation. He or she will answer your questions and schedule a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. They have a full understanding of your specific issues and needs, they will discuss the best plan of treatment and get you back to good oral health.