If the gum tissue around your teeth starts to wear down or pulls back towards the roots of the teeth, you are experiencing gum recession. Gum recession may be taking away from the quality of your smile. Receding gums are not only a sign of gum disease, but also that there may be some mechanical and functional problems that need to be addressed by a periodontist. Since the gums do not grow back after they have receded, it is even more important to treat gum recession as early as possible. Without proper treatment, you could end up with missing teeth.
The gums typically recede very gradually, so many people do not even realize that there is a problem until they start to see gaps forming between the teeth or experience tooth sensitivity. If your teeth look like they are much larger than normal, it could be because the gums are pulling away from your teeth. Set up a consultation with Dr. David Rosen for periodontal treatment in Lexington, MA if you notice that your gums are receding.
Causes of Gum Recession
Some of the key causes of receding gums include:
• Gum Disease - A bacterial infection in the mouth can break down gum tissue and supporting bone structure.
• Genetics - Some people are genetically predisposed to having gum disease.
• Tooth Brushing Routine - Using the wrong brushing technique or brushing too hard can contribute to gum recession.
• Poor Dental Hygiene Habits - If you are not brushing and flossing regularly, you may develop gum disease which can lead to gum recession.
• Tobacco Use - Smoking and chewing tobacco products can contribute to gum disease, and therefore gum recession.
• Misaligned Teeth or Clenching and Grinding Habits - When extra pressure is placed on parts of your biting plane either due to misalignment or clenching and grinding habits, you may develop receding gums.
• Body Piercing - Jewelry in the mouth can irritate and wear down the gums.
Dr. Rosen offers several treatment options for receding gums, such as soft tissue grafting procedures.
If you are looking for gum recession treatment or periodontal treatment in Lexington, MA, schedule your consultation with Dr. Rosen today!