Gum Recession: What You Should Know

 Have you noticed that your gums don’t cover as much of your teeth as they used to? Do your teeth look longer to you? Is it more painful than before to eat cold food and beverages like ice cream or iced water? You may be experiencing gum recession. Gum recession can occur from aggressive tooth brushing, braces you had as a child, genetics, or periodontal disease. Don’t worry! There are some great solutions.

Gum Recession Can Be Slowed if Caught Early

It’s important to see your dentist or a periodontist, or gum specialist, as soon as you suspect your gums may be receding. If it is caught early on, there are behavioral changes that can be made to help slow its procession, such as softer toothbrushes, brushing more lightly, avoiding acidic foods. Your gum recession might be caused by your oral habits, so changing them could make a vast improvement. While gum recession can’t be reversed on its own, slowing it down can go a long way toward protecting your teeth for years to come.

Gum Grafts For More Advanced Recession

Gum grafting is a minimally invasive surgical procedure done by a periodontist in the office. In a gum graft, the periodontist covers the affected area with a small amount of tissue taken from another part of your mouth, from a tissue bank, or from proteins. The result is like-new gum that covers the exposed roots of your teeth, protecting them from further issues.

Meet With a Gum Specialist

The first step toward healthier gums is to meet with your dentist or a gum specialist. At East Madison Dental, our gum specialist will do a thorough evaluation of your gums and discuss with you the best steps toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Call us at 201-501-8282 to schedule a consult today.