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Gum Recession: Causes and Treatments

Woman Receiving Gum Treatment at Gramercy Dental Center

When gum tissues “recede” into a lower position on a tooth, exposing more of the tooth’s structure, this is referred to as gum recession. Though common, having receding gums can be troubling, as individuals may begin experiencing tooth sensitivity and pain. Thus, if you’ve noticed that your gums are receding, continue reading below to learn more about its causes and treatments.

Colgate reports that the course of treatment for gum recession is dependent upon the cause of the problem. For instance, a common factor in gum recession is over-aggressive brushing. Though it may seem that “scrubbing” your teeth will make them cleaner, this is not true. In fact, dental professionals suggest using a soft-bristled toothbrush and using gentle strokes when brushing.

Other potential causes of gum recession include genetics, tooth positioning, bruxism and poor oral health. To explain, every individual is born with distinct gum characteristics. Therefore, if one or both parents experience gum recession, it is likely that their children may also. In the same way, if teeth are crowded or misaligned, this can result in gum recession. As another culprit, bruxism occurs when individuals grind or clench their teeth. This habit not only leads to gum recession, but also to many other oral health problems. Finally, inconsistencies in oral health are sure to lead to gum recession, among other dental concerns.

Based on Colgate’s claim above, treatment for gum recession may be as simple as adjusting one’s brushing technique or using a different toothbrush. For teeth that are mal-positioned, consulting an orthodontist might be a good place to start. On the other hand, for those that “brux” their teeth, a mouthguard might provide the protection they need against gum recession and other tooth trauma. Even so, if poor oral health habits are to blame, dental professionals provide the support needed with regular dental cleanings and even deeper scaling treatments if gum recession is caused by periodontitis.

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At Gramercy Dental Center, our top priority is to protect and maintain the health of our patients’ smiles. Thus, if a patient needs more than a routine cleaning, we are prepared to provide the full-service dentistry and preventative dental care that he or she needs—under one roof.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lynn Robertson or Dr. Steven Goldberg, contact Gramercy Dental Center today. Our practice proudly serves the Chelsea, East Village, Lower East Side, SoHo and Union Square areas.

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