Gum Recession Factors

A receding gum line can be the cause of many different factors. Anything from periodontitis to pregnancy can cause irritation and recession. Before receiving treatment from Dr. Andrea Joy Smith, patients suffering from receding gums in Roseville, CA will need to schedule a consultation to help us identify the cause and develop an effective solution.

Steps To Prevent Recession

Steps suggested to prevent gum recession include:

  • Seeing your doctor for regular cleanings and checkups
  • Not smoking or using other tobacco products
  • Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet
  • Using the proper brushing techniques with a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush
  • Seeing your doctor to correct a misaligned bite or teeth grinding problems

Gum Disease Affects Your Smile

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Gum Recession

Periodontitis

Moderate to severe periodontitis can significantly destroy the gum and bone tissue and eventually lead to recession. In order to treat this, Dr. Smith will first need to eliminate the infected tissue before restoring the gum line. This can be done with a procedure for pocket depth reduction followed by the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) or a soft tissue graft, depending on the severity of the condition.

Pregnancy

Most women will experience huge fluctuations in their hormone levels during pregnancy. As a result, the chances of developing an infection such as periodontitis is higher than normal. This is why it is important to visit Dr. Smith at regular intervals as part of your prenatal care.

Improper brushing

Infrequent brushing and flossing can lead to high levels of bacteria in the mouth which increase the chances of periodontitis. However, brushing too hard can also damage the gum tissue and contribute to recession. Brushing at least twice a day with a soft bristled or electric toothbrush is a good way to avoid damaging gum tissue.

Genetics

Some patients are simply more likely to develop periodontitis than others. No matter how well you care for your oral hygiene, gum recession may be an inevitable result of genetics. However, visiting Dr. Smith at recommended intervals can help keep it under control.

Bruxism

Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night puts an abnormal amount of pressure on the teeth and gums which can lead to problems such as gum recession. While many patients grow out of this behavior, Dr. Smith may need to prescribe a protective nightguard in some cases.

Identifying and treating the underlying causes of gum recession is important in order to keep this condition from progressing. To learn more about the causes and treatments of receding gums in Roseville, CA, contact Dr. Smith and schedule your consultation today!