Gum regression is a difficult situation. Gums pull away from the necks of the teeth and expose the roots, leading to tenderness, pain and decay. A dentist will state that gum regression is irreversible, so the key to the dilemma is slowing or stopping its progression.
How do the gums work?
Most people don’t stop to consider the purpose for gums, but they are important. Gums act rather like gaskets for the necks of the teeth, sealing in the roots and preventing food particles and sugars from contacting the roots.
Over time, the gums lose their sealing ability, resulting in leaks of food and bacteria. Bacteria do damage to the spaces beneath the gums, leading to infection and further regression.
How does gum regression start?
We don’t see children with gum regression, because regression happens with wear and tear and aging. It is worsened by grinding the teeth, large dental fillings, crowded teeth, other diseases and brushing too hard.
Genetics do play a part in gum regression, as certain families seem to have a propensity towards it, but the contribution of genetics is unclear at this point.
How can I prevent my gums from recessing?
Use a good toothbrush. That means throwing away a manual toothbrush every four weeks and an electric head after three months. Brushing with worn out bristles or cheap stiff ones will scrub away tooth structure that you need.
If you grind your teeth get a nightguard. A dentist will provide the proper fit. It can do much to save your teeth from wear and even loosening.
Don’t indulge in acidic drinks or foods. Acids break down the dentin in tooth roots. Soda, wine, orange juice and lemonade are common culprits. If you must drink these beverages, drink water along with them to rinse the teeth.
Don’t allow gum disease to begin. Periodontal disease is a serious infection in the mouth, causing teeth to fall out. More people lose teeth from gum disease than from decay. It is also implicated in the inflammatory reaction of heart disease. Proper flossing is effective against periodontal disease.
Visit a dentist every six months and have a professional cleaning.
Advanced treatment for regressed gum tissue
Reconstructive surgery of the gums may be an option for severely regressed gums. The surgery provides a system to graft and regenerate lost or damaged gum tissue. In this process, a very thin layer of tissue is removed from the palate or other sites, shaped properly, and placed along the teeth to create new gum tissue. The procedure is usually quite successful and heals uneventfully.
Gum regression can be prevented or slowed with proper brushing and flossing to remove plaque before it hardens on teeth, and visiting a dental office every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning. For more information please visit http://www.yoursmiledentalcare.com/