Have your teeth begun to look larger than usual? Do they feel sensitive when having hot or cold drinks? It is likely you have developed gum recession. Receding gums is oftentimes an early sign of periodontal disease, and if left untreated, it can eventually lead to worsening oral health problems. Gum disease is a common dental issue that affects many adults. However, there are a few things that you can to do prevent further gum recession.
The question is, what causes gums to recede? There are actually many factors that can lead to the development of gum disease:
- Brushing aggressively with a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Inheriting susceptibility for thin gum tissue
- Misaligned teeth, which can lead to the crowding or spreading of teeth
- Cleaning and grinding of teeth
- Nervous habits like chewing on foreign objects or scratching your gums with foreign objects
- Having periodontal disease
Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent gum recession from progressing. Here are some tips:
- Make sure you are brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day
- Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Make sure you have a comfortable bite or have it professionally adjusted
- Consider orthodontic treatments to properly align your teeth
- Wear a night guard to bed to prevent from clenching and grinding while you sleep
- Avoid tobacco products
- Abstain from chewing on foreign objects; it can cause gum recession
Gum recession is a common dental malady, but don’t worry – it can also be repaired. If you feel that your gum recession is more severe, you may want to consider gum grafting or the Pinhole® Surgical Technique to cover your exposed roots. Consult your dental professional for further advice.
If you’d like to find out more about gum recession, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.wetzelperio.com for more information.
Dr. Wetzel proudly accepts patients from Camp Hill and all surrounding areas.