• Home
  • About
  • Services
  • Gallery
  • Patient Forms
  • Testimonials
  • Insurance
Receding Gums: Prevention and Treatment
Friday, June 6, 2014

If you’ve noticed an increased sensitivity to heat or cold whenever you eat, you may have gingival recession, otherwise known as receding gums.

Ideally, our gums are thick, healthy and hug our teeth tightly. When gums recede, roots of teeth are exposed which can cause that increased sensitivity as well as a heightened risk of cavities.

There are a number of reasons why gums recede. Genetics can be to blame when gums are thinner from the start but bad habits are often the cause of thinning, receding gums. Overzealous brushing, teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause trauma to gums, which ultimately leads to thinner, weaker, receding gums.

If you’re using too much muscle when you brush your teeth, there’s a simple solution. Always use a soft toothbrush and a gentle approach when you brush teeth. Brushing gently but more frequently (at least twice a day) is a better approach than vigorously and less frequently.

Grinding teeth and jaw clenching can be addressed with a mouth guard worn at night. Insurance will often cover a portion of the cost, which makes the solution that much easier. Discuss your options with your dentist.

The most common cause of gum recession is probably periodontal disease, which is caused by a build up of plaque on your teeth. Plaque build up is a result of food residue and bacteria in our mouths combining to form a sticky substance (plaque) that isn’t cleaned away frequently enough (infrequent brushing and flossing).

There are several stages of periodontal disease; the least severe is gingivitis. You know you have gingivitis if your gums are tender or bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. Gums may look red, swollen or shiny and be softer than usual. When gums are irritated from plaque buildup, they pull away from your teeth, allowing food particles and bacteria to slip between tooth and gum. Now there’s a real problem that your toothbrush won’t be able to fix.

At that stage, one solution is root planning and scaling, procedures that clean the roots in an attempt to halt the damage.

Periodontal disease that’s progressed further may require a pocket reduction in which your dentist pulls gums back far enough to reach the plaque and tartar on roots.

Soft tissue graft is one treatment option for gum recession caused by periodontal disease or genetically thin gum tissue. Another is a regenerative procedure in which new bone and tissue are encouraged to re-grow where needed by applying a specialized substance of enamel matrix derivative or collagen membrane and platelet concentrate.

While these treatment breakthroughs are exciting, it is still much easier for most people to take good care of their teeth and gums every day and to visit a dentist regularly for professional cleaning and check ups.

Call our office if you have concerns about periodontal disease or simply want to schedule an appointment to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

Subscribe To Our Blog

Blog Categories

  • General Interest
    • 04/30/2020 - May COVID-19 Update
    • 09/25/2019 - What You Need to Know About Te
    • 07/24/2019 - What Are Root Canals?
    • 05/22/2019 - The Essence of Teeth Whitening
    • 03/20/2019 - How to Prevent Gum Disease
    • 01/23/2019 - Enhancing Your Smile for Confi
    • 11/21/2018 - What to Expect on Your First V
    • 09/21/2018 - Why & How to Get Your Teeth Wh
    • 07/20/2018 - 5 Advantages of Professional T
    • 05/25/2018 - Why Your Teeth are So Yellow a
    • 03/22/2018 - Dental Hygiene 101
    • 01/25/2018 - 6 Signs That You Need to Visit
    • 12/07/2017 - Holiday Healthy Teeth
    • 10/21/2017 - Dental Emergency: What to Do
    • 09/07/2017 - All About Crowns!
    • 07/21/2017 - It’s Time for a Back-to-School
    • 06/09/2017 - “You Are What You….Drink?”
    • 04/28/2017 - An Apple a Day – Will it Keep
    • 11/28/2016 - Most Common Dental Hygiene Mis
    • 09/27/2016 - A Parent’s Guide to Childrens’
    • 08/14/2016 - Dental Health After Age 60
    • 07/14/2016 - Germs Become More Resistant wh
    • 06/15/2016 - A Smile for a Lifetime
    • 05/12/2016 - The Larger Benefits of Maintai
    • 04/15/2016 - Fluoride Treatments: Not Just
    • 03/15/2016 - Causes and Treatments for Toot
    • 02/16/2016 - National Children’s Dental Hea
    • 01/19/2016 - Resolution #1: Cut Sugar from
    • 12/09/2015 - Have you flossed today?
    • 10/15/2015 - TMJ: Symptoms and Effective Tr
    • 09/15/2015 - The Tooth Fairy Loves Healthy
    • 07/10/2015 - Cut Out the Sugar
    • 06/05/2015 - Can you Reverse Receding Gums?
    • 05/13/2015 - Now is the Time to Quit
    • 04/15/2015 - How Fluoride Affects Your Dent
    • 03/17/2015 - The Link Between Diabetes and
    • 02/16/2015 - National Children’s Dental Hea
    • 01/12/2015 - Dental Health During Pregnancy
    • 12/14/2014 - A Holiday Treat for Your Teeth
    • 11/10/2014 - Understanding Tooth Decay
    • 10/15/2014 - Not So Sweet: Candy and Your T
    • 09/05/2014 - Banish Bad Breath
    • 08/11/2014 - Keep Your Teeth: Foods your De
    • 07/15/2014 - A Closer Look at Sealants
    • 06/06/2014 - Receding Gums: Prevention and
    • 05/21/2014 - How Stress Affects Oral Health

Tag Cloud

We accept the following payment methods:

  We do not accept:
Ohio Medicaid, CareSource, AmeriGroup or Molina
PH: (513) 481-7766  |  FX: (513) 481-7686