Why does gum recession occur and how do we prevent it?

Lots of people experience gum recession which can cause tooth sensitivity, and which may affect your appearance. When gums recede teeth look longer, hence the saying “long in the tooth” and while it’s a condition associated with old age, anyone can develop this problem, and it certainly isn’t age dependent!

What Causes Gum Recession?

Gum recession can occur if you brush your teeth too aggressively, wearing away the sensitive gum tissue. It can be caused if you clench and grind your teeth during sleep (bruxism), as this places excessive pressure on the gums. Poorly aligned teeth can also cause gum recession, but one of the most common reasons is gum disease (periodontal disease). Gum disease is a bacterial infection that destroys the gums, causing them to shrink away from the teeth.

How Do We Prevent It?

Your regular check-ups here at Beerwah Dental allow us to detect early signs of gum recession. We can diagnose the reason and will work with you to prevent further damage. If you are brushing too hard, our hygienist can help you improve your brushing and flossing techniques. Bruxism is frequently treated with a custom-made night guard that is comfortable to wear and which prevents your teeth from touching. Prompt treatment for gum disease is crucial and could save your gums and your teeth.

If you have noticed your teeth look longer than you remember, come and see us. We can help restore your gums to the pink of health.

Feb, 16, 2021

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