Gingival Recession: Are You At Risk?Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 7:58 pm
A new study estimates that at least 20% of the population suffers from gingival recession, or gum loss, on at least one of their teeth. Gingival recession can be caused by various factors, and you can take several precautions to avoid developing this painful condition.
Gingival recession can result from poor dental hygiene, such as not brushing thoroughly and often enough, as well as not flossing as frequently as recommended. Neglecting the health of your teeth and gums by failing to have regular dental check-ups and cleanings can also lead to gingival recession. Bacterial infection can damage and inflame gum tissue, and if left untreated, this can also lead to gum loss.
Gum recession has also been linked to other periodontal diseases, because insufficient dental cleaning habits allow for bacteria to fester in the mouth and wreak havoc on teeth and gums. When the gum tissue around a tooth deteriorates, it can expose the root of the tooth, as well as the surrounding teeth. This can lead to tooth sensitivity in the exposed area and make it easier for disease-causing bacteria to build up.
Other factors that lead to gum deterioration include using tobacco products, and smoking is a major risk factor for developing periodontal diseases. Teeth clenching and grinding is another habit that causes gum recession, and can easily be alleviated by wearing a mouth guard at night.
Brushing too vigorously with a hard bristle toothbrush can also erode tissue located at the gum line. Flossing too deeply and harshly can have the same effect, so it’s important to know the proper way to floss. Asking your dentist whether you should use a soft or medium bristle toothbrush should also help prevent “overbrushing.”
If you notice that your gum line appears to be receding, or that one of your teeth’s roots is exposed more than the others, schedule a dental examination right away. Treating gingival recession and pinpointing what may be causing it – whether it’s a bacterial infection or a bad habit – can help preserve remaining gum tissue and prevent further deterioration.
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