If your gums are receding it means that the gum tissue around your teeth is slowly wearing away over time, eventually exposing the root of your teeth. When gums recede, there’s more room for bacteria and other germs to wedge their way into the bone structure of the teeth. Over time, bacteria can cause diseases in the mouth and will eventually lead to tooth loss.
Common Causes of Receding Gums
Poor Oral Hygiene
Not brushing and flossing your teeth can lead to gum recession. Plaque and tartar can build up in the mouth, forcing the gums to retreat.
Vigorous Brushing Techniques
Brushing your teeth too hard can actually wear away at your tooth’s enamel and cause your gums to recede.
Also associated with poor oral hygiene, gum disease is the spread of harmful bacteria in the mouth that destroys the gum tissue and the bones that hold the teeth in place. Receding gums is one of the main signs of gum disease.
A genetic history of gum disease and receding gums can make you more susceptible to contracting the disease, even if you maintain good oral hygiene.
For women, changes during menopause, puberty and pregnancy can make the gums more sensitive, a contributing factor for gum recession.
Cigarettes and other tobacco products are some of the most common causes of receding gums. If used regularly, they can contribute to the spread of plaque and bacteria in the mouth, increasing your risk of gum disease and gum recession.
Crooked Teeth or Grinding Your Teeth Together
Anything that puts excess pressure on your teeth will cause your gums to recede.Poorly aligned teeth or grinding and clenching your teeth can put additional stress on the bones in your mouth, causing the gums to recede.
Implications of Receding Gums
A receding gum line can lead to a host of health concerns including tooth loss, gum disease and permanent damage to the gum tissue and the bones in your mouth. Less immediate implications include a less attractive smile and the buildup of harmful bacteria along the gum line. That bacteria can enter your bloodstream, leading to infection that can spread harmful diseases throughout your body.
Treatment of Receding Gums
Only a dentist can remove tartar and hard plaque. This routine procedure removes the bacteria that contributes to gum recession.
Regeneration is the process of cleaning the plaque underneath the receding gum line. The dentist will then insert a stimulating growth material that increases the body’s chances of restoring the damaged bone tissue naturally.
A small piece of soft tissue from the roof of the mouth is stitched to the receding gum line, helping to rebuild the damaged tissue.
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique(PST™)
The dentist makes tiny pinholes along the gum line, which are used to redistribute existing tissue to where the gums are receding. This procedure is less painful and requires less recovery time than other forms of treatment.Enchanting Dentistry’s Dr. Middelhof is one of the only dental professionals in the world that is licensed to perform this technique. If you want to restore your receding gum line, call 954-336- 8478 to set up an appointment today.