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What is Gum Recession in Wallingford, CT?

Happy Couple with Treated Gum RecessionReceding gums are one of the many symptoms of gum disease and occur when the gums pull away from the teeth, advancing down the root and exposing more of the tooth structure.. It can be a result of functional or mechanical habits, but often occurs as a result of gum disease. Without treatment from Dr. Randy J. Greenberg in Wallingford, CT, gum disease can progress, creating additional oral issues such as receding gums and loose teeth.

If you notice your gum line receding, please recognize that it is a serious condition, needing immediate attention. Gum recession has the ability to negatively affect your overall health because your gums are directly connected to your bloodstream. Also, it is important to know that gums do not grow back and will possibly require surgical reconstruction for successful treatment.

What is Gum Disease?

Over half of Americans have some type of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. This disease is caused by a bacterial infection that proliferates in the plaque in the mouth and can become chronic (irreversible) if not treated in a timely manner.

Gum disease is determined to be chronic once it has caused permanent bone damage and destruction of gum tissue.

Why is My Gum Line Receding?

Due to genetics, some people are simply predisposed to their gum line receding, and to developing gum disease. For people who are not more genetically prone to receding gums, there are many other reasons:

• poor dental hygiene
periodontal disease
• brushing too hard
• hormonal changes (like pregnancy)
bruxism (grinding or clenching of the teeth)
• misaligned teeth
• use of tobacco products
• oral piercings (wear the gums down over time)

Treatment Options for Receding Gums

If you notice your gum line receding, contact our office for treatment options, which may include:

pocket depth reduction
gum grafting
tissue regeneration

Prevention of Receding Gums

• Be diligent about your home dental care.
• Attend regular dental visits, at least twice per year.
• Use a soft bristled or electric toothbrush.
• Clear debris from your gum line.
• If you have misaligned teeth, have them corrected.
• Do not use tobacco products.
• Remove or avoid oral piercings.
• Eat a balanced diet.

While the gums will not grow back once they have receded, it is important to prevent further recession from occurring. If you notice your gum line receding, call Dr. Greenberg in Wallingford, CT today to schedule your evaluation.