If you’ve noticed that your gums are not as low on your teeth as they once were or that your teeth feel loose in your mouth, you could be dealing with an issue called a receding gum line. A receding gum line occurs when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth pulls back or wears away. As a result, it exposes larger areas of the teeth, putting them at risk for cavities.
When the gums recede, it becomes easier for pockets and gaps to occur. In them, bacteria may gather, which may damage or destroy the bone structure of the teeth and the supporting tissues. Without prompt treatment, the teeth could fall out or become damaged beyond repair.
The good news is that there are treatment options available. At the Dental Center of Norcross, we can help you get your healthy, happy smile back again. Contact us at 678.504.6422 to set up an appointment.
Why Do the Gums Recede?
You may have a receding gum line for many reasons. Some of the most common causes include:
- Periodontal diseases, such as gum disease
- Genetics could mean that certain people could have a predisposition for gum disease
- Aggressive brushing tears the gums or may make them recede
- Hormonal changes, like menopause or pregnancy
- Poor dental hygiene, such as not flossing or failing to brush regularly
- Using tobacco products
- Clenching or grinding the teeth
- Tongue or lip piercings
- A misaligned bite
As you can see, there are many reasons why your gums may recede. Fortunately, there are treatments available to help.
Can You Tell If Your Gums Have Receded?
You may be able to tell if your gums have receded visibly, but often you’ll sense that something isn’t quite right. You may notice more bleeding when you brush your teeth, see that your teeth seem a little longer than usual, or note that there is a line of demarcation where the gums once were. Your teeth may be loose if the gums have receded significantly.
If you go to the dentist, your dentist can measure your gums and tell you if they have receded. If so, they can inform you about how serious the issue is and what types of options you have to repair the damage. You may need gum disease treatment, a deep cleaning, or other reconstructive dentistry to help your gums heal.
How Do You Treat Gums that Receded?
If your gums recede, then usually, a deep cleaning won’t be enough to treat them. Some people have to go through gum surgery if the pockets are particularly deep. Surgical procedures such as open flap scaling and regeneration may both help to repair damaged gums. Soft-tissue grafting could also help restore the gums.
Is There Any Way to Prevent a Receding Gum Line?
You can prevent gum recession by having good dental hygiene, brushing up and down (not side to side), and using an antibacterial mouthwash. A well-balanced diet helps to keep your mouth healthy, as does stopping any smoking. See a periodontist and your dentist regularly, so you can have your teeth cleaned at least twice annually.
Contact the Dental Center of Norcross Today
At the Dental Center of Norcross, we are here to help you with your oral health. If you believe that you have a receding gum line or that your teeth have received damage, it’s time to look into the treatment options. It’s better to get started sooner, so you can have a better chance of receiving treatment that will save your gums and teeth. If you’re ready to make an appointment to take care of your teeth, reach out today at 678.504.6422.