Your gums play an important role in the resilience of teeth. In addition to framing the teeth, the gums also protect the dentin and the roots below the enamel. However, gums can recede and expose the teeth to bacteria and disease and cause sensitivity to temperature change and bite pressure.
Dr. Thu Nguyen and the oral healthcare professionals at Almeda Dental, located near you on Almeda Genoa Road in Houston, Texas, want to educate their patients, current and new, on causes of gum recession and the steps one can take to eliminate or prevent this condition.
The main causes of gum recession are:
The prevention of gum recession by proper oral hygiene and the elimination by orthodontic treatment are discussed below.
There are some causes of gum recession that cannot be controlled. Sometimes, thin gum tissue is genetic, and this thin tissue is delicate and susceptible to recede from the teeth. There are cases where teeth grow off center from their bone casing, and the gums may not properly develop around the teeth.
Often, though, the causes of gum recession can be controlled, like over-aggressive brushing. Brushing too long with a hard-bristled brush will injure the gums and cause them to recede. Most likely, the cause of gum recession is improper and inadequate oral hygiene.
Proper and consistent oral hygiene involves the gentle brushing with a soft-bristled tooth brush for at least two minutes, twice per day. Flossing should be done before each brushing. Effective oral hygiene includes semi-annual dental exams for cleanings and x-rays.
If teeth are not properly maintained, a thin film of bacteria and food remnants, or plaque, accumulate and build up on the enamel and in between teeth. This condition will lead to periodontal disease causing the gums to recede.
When teeth erupt in an incorrect alignment, they may lie outside of the protective bony housing and the supporting gum tissue. If you have an improper bite, you may want to consider orthodontic treatment. When teeth are moved into the proper alignment, the gum tissue around the teeth are then stimulated to thicken and become more resistant to recession.
If you would like a consultation regarding the causes and the ways to prevent and eliminate gum recession specific to your oral health, then please contact the oral healthcare professionals at Almeda Dental, located in the 77075 area code of Houston, Texas, where new patients are always welcome.
Almeda Dental is trusted and highly recommended in the prevention of periodontal diseases, as well as other treatments and procedures in general and cosmetic dentistry.