Gum recession or receded gums is the term for when gums recede sufficiently to expose the root surface of the teeth. It is caused mainly by trauma to the gum or gum infection or infected bone around the tooth. Gum trauma may be caused when inadvertently chewing sharp bones or by over brushing teeth or even using an incorrect brushing technique.
Gum recession is different from periodontal disease where an infection of the gum and or bone is the body’s natural defence to try to remove external bacteria found in plaque. This inflammatory reaction is called periodontal disease or periodontitis. After the periodontal disease is controlled by dental treatment you may still be left with gum recession. There is no viable treatment to correct this condition.
Sometimes gum recession is associated with pain or tooth sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks. This occurs when the exposed root surface experiences external stimulus and sends a direct impulse to the tooth. Some anti sensitive agents like creams and toothpaste could help ease the pain of tooth sensitivity.
Gum Recession Prevention
Preventing gum recession is more effective than treating it. The best prevention to gum recession is an effective personal oral hygiene maintenance regime, including brushing and flossing of all teeth supplemented by regular dental visits for hygiene inspections and treatments. To view home care instructions on flossing, brushing etc, click here to see our informative videos (insert hyperlink)
Everyone’s lifestyle is different, and our dentists or hygienists can advise how to incorporate a personal hygiene routine in yours.
Here at Avenue Dental our oral health therapist and dental hygienist looks at your specific needs and works out a customised plan to help prevent gum recession.
If you are interested in learning about gum recession prevention and treatment, please contact any of our friendly Sunshine Coast and North Lakes dental practices in Caloundra, Kawana, Maroochydore, Bli Bli, North Lakes and Baringa, book on-line or use the button.