Do You Have Receding Gums?
What Factors Contribute to Gum Recession?
Receding gums are just one of the side effects of periodontal disease and occur when the gums start to pull back from the root of the tooth structure. Some of the common causes of receding gums include:
- Poor dental hygiene habits
- Tooth brushing routine
- Periodontal disease
- Misalignment of the teeth
- Body piercings near the mouth
- Tobacco use
Tips for Preventing Gum Recession
Some of the things you can do to prevent gum recession and periodontal disease include:
- Visiting Dr. Wilbanks regularly for cleanings and checkups
- Refraining from using tobacco products
- Using the right tooth brushing techniques
- Switching to a soft or electric toothbrush
- Having a misaligned bite corrected
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Signs of Gum Recession
If the gums start to wear down and pull away from the roots of the teeth, your teeth can become very sensitive and are at an increased risk of root decay and damage. Receding gums are one of the signs of gum disease and may also be an indication of existing oral health issues that require treatment. Since the gums do not grow back after they have receded, it is even more important to get treatment as soon as you notice a problem. Signs of gum recession include:
- Teeth appearing longer than normal
- Small notch on the tooth near the gum line
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Darkness or discoloration on the teeth near the gums
- Significant changes in the appearance of the smile
Gum Recession Treatment and Prevention
Dr. Wilbanks may recommend a treatment plan that includes soft tissue grafting, the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™), pocket depth reduction, or tissue regeneration to restore your smile after receding gums. You can help to prevent gum recession by visiting us regularly for teeth cleanings and exams, correcting bite problems, and by being diligent with your home care routine.
Do You Have Receding Gums? Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Joe Wilbanks Today!
We can provide additional information concerning periodontal disease and gum recession during your visit. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Wilbanks in Toccoa, GA today!