Your gums consist of tissues that support your teeth. And these tissues can be affected by a number of conditions that result in recession. Recession means your gums pull away from your teeth and allow for pockets where bacteria can collect.
Unfortunately, gum recession (left untreated) can mean chronic infections and tooth loss in the future. We don’t want to see this happen to any of our patients.
Causes of gum recession include:
- Brushing your teeth too hard
- Bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth)
- History of orthodontics
- Gum disease and gingivitis
Fortunately, your dentist in Glendale, CA, can evaluate your risks and help correct gum recession!
How We Treat Gum Recession in Glendale
There are many ways to treat gum recession, including pinhole or tunneling technique to regain (in most cases) 80-100 percent of the gum tissue. This is minimally invasive, does not require a scalpel, and most patients do not consider it especially painful.
Other measures may include deep cleanings to rid your gums of bacteria.
Avoiding Gum Recession
Of course, it is always preferable to avoid gum recession through preventive dentistry and best practices.
Tips from your dentist in Glendale include:
- Brushing and flossing gently
- If you have bruxism, ask your dentist about a nightguard
- Be sure to visit your dentist regularly for exams and teeth cleanings
Remember, excellent brushing and flossing techniques, coupled with regular dental visits, are your best defense against gum recession and tooth loss.
Don’t Let Gum Recession Cost You Your Smile
It can take a while, but untreated gum recession leads to loose teeth, shifting teeth, and even tooth loss. The sooner your dentist begins treatment, the better your outcome.
If you have any questions about gum recession or how to fix it, visit us here at the office, and we will be more than happy to help!