Receding gums are usually caused by the early stages of gum disease. Bacteria in the mouth create tartar and plaque on the teeth, which can irritate the gums. The gum tissue becomes inflamed and swollen, leading to bleeding when brushing teeth. In response, the gum tissue shrinks away from the teeth, exposing the roots of the teeth and creating more places for bacteria to hide. Receding gums can be tender and affect the appearance of your smile, as well as your oral health.
Treatment For Receding Gums
At Envision Dental, our dental team will start with a dental cleaning and periodontal exam. The first step is removing tartar and plaque from your teeth. Our dental hygienist or dentist can measure the gaps around the teeth to determine the extent of gum infection. For mild cases of gingivitis or gum disease, routine dental cleanings and home oral care may be enough to restore healthy gums. For more severe periodontal disease, advanced gum disease treatments may be necessary.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth. Use mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Eat a healthy diet, limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and avoid smoking.
Regular dental checkups are also essential for maintaining good oral health. At Envision Dental, we recommend visiting our office twice a year for dental cleanings and checkups. Our dental team can detect early signs of gum disease and provide effective treatment to prevent further damage.