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Why are my gums receding?

Attractive young man sitting smiling outsideHave you been noticing lately that your gums are dipping down more than usual? Are you seeing more of your teeth than you used to? It definitely doesn’t look right, but is it something you should be concerned about? Read on for more information about gum recession!

What causes gum recession?

Gum recession is a very common problem. It can be the result of a lack of dental care, but it can also run in families. It can be exacerbated by using tobacco products, grinding or clenching teeth, having a misaligned bite, or because of a lip or tongue piercing. It can also be the result of periodontal disease or even because you brush your teeth too aggressively.

Are receding gums really a problem?

As gum tissue wears away, “pockets” form between the teeth and gums. Bacteria can collect in this area, which can lead to tooth and jaw bone damage. If left untreated, it can eventually cause tooth loss.

A scaling and planing – a very deep cleaning of your teeth beneath the gum line – may be recommended to get rid of this bacteria. If your gum recession is very serious, a soft tissue graft or other surgical procedure may be recommended. In a soft tissue graft, tissue is taken from the top of your mouth and then stitched over the area of recession.

How do I stop my gums from receding?

Talk to your dentist about your receding gums – he or she can help you determine why they are receding and what can be done about it. For example, if they are receding because you grind your teeth, you may want to invest in a mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums. As always, taking care of your teeth will go a long way toward keeping them healthy. Floss and brush gently, using a soft-bristled toothbrush.

It can be a bit worrisome if you notice that you don’t have as much gum tissue as you used to. Whether it is time for a cleaning or you are in pain, you can count on Hampton Dental Associates to help! Call the office in Milwaukee at (414) 464-9021 for an appointment today!

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