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Signs of Gingival Recession and Prevention Tips


Posted on 12/5/2022 by Dr. Bembey and Dr. Yokoyama
Signs of Gingival Recession and Prevention TipsGingival recession is a common condition that can cause sensitivity and discomfort in the teeth. It occurs when the gums pull away from the teeth, exposing the tooth roots. In some cases, gingival recession can lead to tooth loss. This blog post will discuss the signs of gingival recession and prevention tips to keep your smile healthy.

What Is the Gingival Recession?


Gingival, or gum, recession refers to the exposure of the root surfaces of the teeth due to a loss of attached gum tissue. A recession often occurs due to periodontal (gum) disease, which destroys the tissues that support the teeth. However, it can also be caused by aggressive brushing, clenching or grinding teeth, and piercings on the tongue or lip. Gum recession can lead to sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks and an increased risk of tooth decay and infection. It can also cause the teeth to lose and eventually fall out in severe cases.

Signs of Gingival Recession


Symptoms of gingival recession include sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, pain when eating or drinking, and visible changes in the gum line. Gingival recession can lead to bone loss and tooth loss if left untreated. Treatment for gingival recession typically involves a combination of home care and professional dental treatment. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to restore the health of the gums.

Prevention Tips


Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent a gingival recession. First and foremost, excellent dental hygiene is critical. Brushing 2 times a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing once a day are both essential. You should see a dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups so that any early signs of gingival recession can be treated promptly. Additionally, it is essential to quit if you smoke cigarettes, as smoking is a significant risk factor for gum disease. Finally, avoid habits that may contribute to gingival recession, such as clenching or grinding your teeth.
Talk to our team of expert periodontists to learn more about gingival recession and how to prevent it! We offer a variety of treatment options to restore your oral health.

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