Gingival recession, or gum recession, is a result of lowering of gum tissue around tooth which exposes the roots of the tooth. Exposure of the root can lead to wear down of the root as well as sensitivity and decay.
The following are some of the most common causes of gum recession:
Overly aggressive brushing or flossing
It’s great to be enthusiastic about oral care, but one must ensure brushing and not scrubbing! Never use a toothbrush that isn’t labeled “soft.” Be gentle on your teeth, and remember that taking care of your teeth should not hurt. Other types of injuries to the soft tissue could also cause gum loss and recession.
If your oral health habits are questionable, gum recession may be a result of periodontal disease.
Abnormal tooth positioning
Gum recession can occur around teeth that are not well aligned and are pushed out of the arch.
Gingival recession can be easily treated by a periodontist. At ClearCare we incorporate the most advanced technologies with least invasive techniques to correct gum recession. Sometimes we simply pull the gum up to cover the roots. However with more advanced gum recession, we incorporate either gum transplants or acellular dermal into our therapy to cover the exposed root. Dr. Hoda will discuss these with you during your appointment.