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What Could Be Causing Your Gum Recession?

0610580001561126414.jpgMost of us are so focused on the health of our teeth that we often don’t notice the beginning signs of gum issues. Receding gums is a common problem that warrants a trip to visit our dentist in Johnstown and Greenburg, PA, Dr. Anthony Marchionno. After all, there are several reasons why this might be happening, some of which require immediate treatment to prevent complications. 

Causes of Gum Recession

The two most common causes of receding gums are poor hygiene and gum disease; however, just because you are dealing with gum recession doesn’t necessarily mean that you have poor hygiene (in some instances, over-brushing may actually be the reason for your receding gums).

Excessive wear can also lead to gum recession. Our gum specialist sees this most often in those who may brush too aggressively or in those who don’t change their toothbrush heads regularly (worn bristles can often cause enamel and gum wear over time). If we noticed that there is more gum recession on the left side then over-brushing could be to blame, as the majority of people hold their toothbrush in their right hand and, as a result, will put more pressure on the left side.

Other reasons why someone might be dealing with receding gums include,

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Oral piercings
  • Damage caused by dental treatment
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Diabetes

Our periodontal specialist in Johnstown and Greenburg, PA, sees gum recession most often in people as they age. In fact, most patients over the age of 65 years old are dealing with some degree of gum recession. 

Gum Recession Treatment

Whether or not you require treatment will depend on the cause of your gum recession. If you are dealing with gum disease, then the sooner we treat this problem the better. Gum disease is often treated with scaling and root planing, which involves a deep cleaning of the gums, teeth, and tooth roots to remove plaque and tartar buildup. We will also provide you with tips on how to improve your at-home oral care.

Other treatment options may include,

  • Desensitizing agents: These products can reduce the tooth sensitivity that's been exposed by nerve exposure from the receding gums.
  • Dental bonding: This tooth-colored resin may be applied to any areas of exposed tooth root in order to reduce sensitivity.
  • Gum grafting: This surgical procedure will involve removing gum tissue from another area of the mouth and applying it to receding areas to rebuild the gum tissue. 

Concerned about Your Oral Health? Give us a Call!

If you are noticing receding gums or other symptoms, it’s important that you call one of our offices in either Johnstown or Greenburg, PA, today to schedule an immediate appointment. After all, the sooner we are able to catch gum disease, the sooner we can treat it! 

Dial (724) 836-2911 for Johnstown, and (814) 262-7000 for Greenburg, PA.

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