December 2, 2016
Dr. Hanson and the team at Oregon Smile Care Center in Salem, OR want to talk you today about gum recession, some causes, and how to prevent it. Concerned your gums might be receding? You should schedule a consultation with us by calling (503) 837-2718.
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Gum Recession Is Bad News For Your Teeth
Gum recession is when your gumline recedes. You’re likely to experience some amount of gum recession as you age. But there are certain habits or health issues that can amplify your gum recession. When your gums recede too much, it exposes the roots of your teeth to bacteria. This bacteria can cause bad breath, make your teeth loose, and possibly cause your teeth to fall out. You’ll also experience tooth sensitivity, which can be really uncomfortable. Gum recession makes your teeth look longer, a look that is typically associated with advanced age.
Take a look at some of the causes of gum recession. We’ve also included treatments or preventive measures you can take to protect the health of your smile.
#1 – Gum Disease
Gum disease is when bacteria beneath your gumline causes your gums to become inflamed and irritated. Some symptoms of gum disease are:
Gum disease can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth. Bacteria is then free to thrive in the space left behind. Gum disease can also cause your gums to deteriorate and recede.
Gum disease can be avoided by regularly flossing your teeth and brushing your teeth twice a day. You should also visit us twice a year for dental exams and cleanings for maintaining the health of your smile. With your efforts at home and the work of our skilled dental hygienists, your teeth and gums can remain free of the plaque and tartar that leads to gum disease.
If you are afflicted with gum disease, Oregon Smile Care Center can perform a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums called scaling and root planing to help stave off infection. We’ll go in and remove any hard deposits from beneath the gumline and then we’ll smooth out any rough spots on the roots of your teeth. This will encourage your gums to reattach to your teeth and close any pockets.
#2 – Teething Grinding
Teeth grinding puts undue pressure on your teeth and that can lead to gum recession. It can also cause:
To address your teeth grinding, we can fit you with a custom mouthguard. Your mouthguard will reposition your jaw to alleviate pressure.
#3 – Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth are probably the most surprising cause of gum recession. When your teeth are out of alignment your bite is off. This causes pressure to be distributed unevenly across your teeth. The teeth experiencing extra pressure can suffer from gum recession.
Dr. Hanson is an Invisalign® Premier Provider. So, we can straighten your teeth discreetly. Other benefits of straight teeth are:
Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear trays called aligners. Every two weeks you’ll get a new tray that will gently push your teeth into alignment. You can remove your aligners when you’re eating or brushing your teeth or for special occasions. If you’ve looked at Invisalign in the past but were turned away, it might be worth your while to request a second opinion. More orthodontic cases than ever are being successfully treated with Invisalign clear braces.
#4 – Aggressive Brushing
Be gentle with your gums. Aggressive toothbrushing can lead to gum recession. Always be sure to brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush. Don’t apply heavy pressure while brushing. If you use an automatic toothbrush, there is no need to apply pressure. Simply hold the bristles against your teeth and let the toothbrush do the work for you. Also, be careful when flossing. Don’t pop the floss against your gums.
Don’t let gum recession sneak up on you. Visit Dr. Hanson to avoid these causes and keep your smile in perfect health. You can schedule your appointment with Oregon Smile Care Center today by calling us at (503) 837-2718. We look forward to treating you and your family!