Gum tissue around your teeth can begin to pull back from the roots of your teeth or recede, causing your teeth to become sensitive and placing them at a higher risk for decay. Teeth appearing longer than normal are a key sign that gum recession could be taking place and can also indicate the presence of gum disease.
Most people do not become conscious of receding gums until large gaps appear or increased sensitivity is experienced. Gum disease treatment is usually necessary to prevent additional recession of the gums. Gum recession could also cause you to lose your teeth if proper treatment is not sought. Contact Dr. J. Brent Bartruff today to receive treatment for your gum recession in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Bacterial buildup in your mouth resulting from poor oral hygiene can destroy gum tissue and cause gum recession. If you do not practice proper dental hygiene, which includes flossing and brushing your teeth frequently, plaque and tartar can build up which can also cause your gums to recede.
A genetic disposition can also be a key cause in gum recession that may not be avoided even if your oral hygiene practices are diligent.
Brushing your teeth with improper techniques can wear down the exposed root surfaces on your teeth once your gums begin to recede. Grinding, clenching, or crooked teeth can also cause gum recession through extra pressure or shifting of teeth.
Using tobacco products is another cause of gum recession along with any type of hormonal changes your body experiences, particularly in women who are pregnant.
What Treatment is Available?
Gum disease treatment from Dr. Bartruff can help to stop gum recession due to periodontal disease. In some cases, Dr. Bartruff may recommend surgery to mend any damaged gum tissue. Surgeries vary depending on your situation but can include pocket depth reduction, tissue regeneration, or soft tissue grafting.
Gum Recession Prevention
Proper dental hygiene practices such as seeing Dr. Bartruff regularly, quitting smoking, using proper brushing techniques, or correcting missing teeth and grinding problems can help prevent most gum recession.
If you are experiencing gum recession, call Dr. Bartruff today to seek treatment for your gum recession in Fort Walton Beach, FL. You may need gum disease treatment.