Megan Connective Tissue (1)Q: I take good care of my teeth, so why are my gums receding?

A: Gum or gingival recession occurs as the gums tissue pulls away from the tooth.  This results in exposing the, often very sensitive, root surface of the tooth.  Recession of the gums can happen to people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders. Sometimes it happens even if a person takes great care of his or her teeth.

Did you know the most common causes of recession are….

  • Brushing your teeth too hard!
  • Brushing with the wrong type of toothbrush
  • Genetics:  some people have a thinner gum tissue
  • Periodontal disease
  • Smoking and tobacco
  • Anatomy: crowded or malposition of teeth
  • Trauma to the gum tissues

So what can you do?  Ironically, the cure for your recession may be as simple as switching to the right toothbrush and brushing technique. Desensitizing toothpastes that contain potassium may help with some of the sensitivity.  There also new “sensitive strips” similar to whitening strips that can provide relief for a month after just 10 minutes of use.  There are many causes and treatments for gum recession, so speak to your dentist about what can be done for you.

For more information on gum recession, tooth sensitivity, or to schedule an appointment, call 751-7177.

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