While gum recession is actually a very common dental issue, most individuals with the condition are not even aware of it since it occurs so gradually. Tooth sensitivity is usually the first and most common symptom of gum recession, though in time, you will clearly notice that your teeth look longer/larger than they should be.
If you suspect that you have receding gums, consult your periodontist, Dr. Anthony Marchionno, either at our Johnstown or Greensburg, PA, office to learn which treatments are suitable for your situation.
Why Your Gums are Receding
There are various things that could lead to gum recession, including the following:
- Genetics: Certain individuals are just more susceptible to periodontal disease, which could cause gum recession, because of their genes.
- Gum Diseases: These are gum infections due to bacteria that wreak havoc on the bones that support your teeth and your gum tissue. This is the most common cause of gum recession.
- Poor Oral Hygiene Habits: Improper brushing, rinsing, and flossing, will make it easier for plaque to become tartar, which is a solid material that accumulates in between the teeth. Only your dentist can remove tartar buildup with professional cleaning.
- Aggressive Tooth Brushing: Brushing your teeth improperly or too aggressively could lead to your tooth enamel to wear away prematurely and your gums receding.
- A Misaligned Bite or Crooked Teeth: When you have a misaligned bite, you could put too much force on your bone and gums, which could cause gum recession.
- Hormonal Fluctuations: Changes in hormone levels, especially in women, could make the gums more susceptible and sensitive to gum recession.
- Teeth Clenching and Grinding: These activities could place too much pressure on your teeth and gums, leading to gum recession.
- Tobacco: People who use tobacco products have an increased risk of developing plaque that’s extremely hard to remove and could make your gums recede.
Treatment for Gum Recession
In the early stages of gum recession, our periodontist can treat the condition through a deep cleaning at either our Johnstown or Greensburg, PA, office. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to eliminate the remaining bacteria. On the other hand, if deep cleaning won’t suffice to treat the gum recession because of excessive bone loss and/or deep pockets, you may require periodontal or gum surgery to effectively repair and treat the damage resulting from gum recession.
Worried about Receding Gums?
Arrange a consultation with your periodontist, Dr. Anthony Marchionno, by calling our office in Greensburg, PA, at (724) 836-2911 or Johnstown, PA, at (814) 262-7000.