It is recommended by dentists the world over that one should have a checkup every six months. Such diligence will ensure that you safeguard your dental health and avoid ailments such as gum recession.

When your teeth are in good condition, they are not only clean and devoid of cavities, but the gums fit around them snugly. However, according to the American Dental Association, receding gums (when your gums pull away from your teeth) can happen to people of all ages – even when you take good care of your teeth

There are several reasons for gum recession. These include genetics, brushing your teeth too hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles, smoking, or periodontal (gum) diseases.

The easiest sign is the exposition of the roots of one’s teeth. The treatment of gum recession is dependent on the cause. If it is caused, for instance, by dentures that are an incorrect fit, your dentist can either remake them or tweak them to fit better.

If it is caused by gum disease your dentist may consider scaling and root planing.  This is when plaque and tartar are removed from the roots of the teeth. A dentist will use equipment to help smooth the roots and help the gum tissues mend and reattach to the teeth. These techniques usually control gum attachment loss.

According to Medical News Today dentists may also consider gum graft surgery, whereby they will take a tiny piece of gum tissue from elsewhere in the mouth and use it to cover the exposed tooth roots. This protects them from further decay.

A visit to us (book an appointment here)may help identify the causes and treatment of receding gums.