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Receding Gum Treatment

Receding Gum Treatment San Diego . Orange County . Los Angeles

The gum begins to recede when it separates from the teeth and the root surface is exposed, promoting the loss of bone height. As a result, pockets or gaps between the gum and teeth form. They are referred to as periodontal pockets and an ideal environment for harmful bacteria growth.

If receding gum lines are left untreated, periodontal disease will thrive and cause teeth loss.

Four to 12 percent of people deal with receding gums. Many ignore it or do not notice it until it has evolved into a significant issue. Overlooking the problem isn't unusual and relatively easy considering it's a progressive condition and becomes more of a problem at a gradual rate. One of the first signs is sensitive teeth and an uneven appearance. Indentions near the gum margins are common too.

With periodontal disease, early treatment is the best treatment. Schedule a consultation to discuss gum line recession with the award-winning dentist, Dr. Amy Khajavi.

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What causes gums to recede?

Older adults are more apt to deal with gum recession. As individuals age, the gum loses. But, there may be other causes as well

  1. Teeth Grinding- Applying extensive pressure to your teeth through clenching or even grinding has been determined to be a contributing cause of gum recession.
  2. Hormones- Hormone fluctuation plays a part in gum recession. In females, puberty, menopause, and even pregnancy can lead to painful and sensitive gums.
  3. Genetics- Gum disease can carry through genetics, affecting individuals regardless if they have a well-maintained oral hygiene routine.
  4. Periodontal Disease- The primary cause of gum recession is gum disease. The infection spreads among the gum before extending to the bone underneath. Periodontitis, a severe gum infection, develops and breaks down the supporting bone, which holds the teeth in place.
  5. Tobacco Usage- Tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, leave a sticky film on the teeth, leading to gum recession.
  6. Inadequate Oral Hygiene- Improper oral care promotes calculus and plaque buildup on the tooth's surface, leading to infection and receding gums.
  7. Teeth Brushing Approach- Brushing teeth aggressively will wear away at the gum lines. It can also sever the supporting fibers that hold the teeth and gums turther.
  8. Malaligned or crooked teeth- Improperly lined teeth or an uneven bite can cause unevenly distributed force leading to gum recession.
  9. Lip or tongue Piercing- Produce continuous gum irritation and even trauma leading to wear-away of the gum
  10. Practicing good oral care will help you maintain a healthy and radiant smile. If you feel gum recession is a concern threatening your bright smile, contact Dr. Amy Khajavi to talk about your available options.

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