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What Are Receding Gums?

Receding gums are an oral problem that can have very harmful consequences, not only aesthetically but, above all, from a health perspective.

In this post we tell you what they are, what causes them and what is the best solution to stop the progress of the gums in recession.

What are Receding Gums?

Receding Gums (also known as “retracted gums”) is an oral condition that leads to a progressive loss of dental support tissue and leads to expose the root of the tooth, the previous step even to a possible loss of the dental piece.
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What Are The Causes of Receding Gums?

The reasons are diverse. Some do not cause them on their own, but they can cause problems that, if left untreated, result in gum retraction. We list the most common:

  • Accumulation of bacterial plaque. As we have talked on other occasions, the accumulation of plaque can cause diseases such as gingivitis (inflammation of the gum around the tooth) and periodontitis, also commonly called “pyorrhea.”
  • A tooth brushing too aggressive or the use of brushes with excessive hardness, can lead to bleeding and I gradual loss of gingiva.
  • Traumatism. Occasionally, bumps in the mouth caused by accidents, or even the practice of some sports, can also cause gum retraction.

In addition, there are also risk factors. For example, diseases that affect the immune system (such as diabetes or AIDS), age, stress, tobacco, or genetics, increase the likelihood of suffering from gum retraction.

How Do You Prevent & Treat Receding Gums?

As we always say in this blog, the best way to prevent any oral disease is to maintain correct dental hygiene habits. But there are also solutions for more advanced cases. The first thing to do, before resorting to some type of surgical treatment, is to eliminate the cause that causes the retraction. For example, if our retraction is caused by too aggressive brushing, we must correct this habit to restore gum health. But on many occasions, the above is not enough and we must undergo surgical techniques that consist of soft tissue grafting in our gums to recover them, both from the point of view of health and aesthetics. As always, when you go to your dental clinic, the specialist will make a detailed analysis of your problem, will give you guidelines to take care of your gums and, if necessary, will choose the best surgical treatment for your case.

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Our periodontist Dr. Samir Patel is experienced in treating receding gums in Fort Mill, SC! If you have any additional questions about laser dentistry, periodontics, or would like to schedule with Dr. Patel, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today! We look forward to serving you.

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