When you look in the mirror, do you notice that your teeth look longer than they used to? Or do you notice more sensitivity in your teeth where they meet your gums? If so, you may have receding gums. This issue can not only affect the appearance of your smile, but also the health of your mouth, so it is important to talk to a dentist about the condition. At Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry in Dunedin, FL, Dr. Ryan Lepore offers a variety of treatment options, depending on the cause and severity of your gum recession.
Causes of receding gums
A common misperception is that receding gums are exclusively caused by gum disease or old age. While periodontal disease is, in fact, a leading cause of gum recession, the condition can also be caused by several other factors, such as:
- Inflammation from the buildup of plaque and tartar on the gumline – this can occur due to inadequate home care and not seeing the dentist for professional cleanings frequently enough
- Inflammation in the gums and bone caused by bruxism (clenching and grinding) – Regularly clenching and grinding your teeth can cause gum recession due to the extra force that it places on your teeth
- Hormones – particularly in women, hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause can cause changes in the gums
- Genetics – you may be genetically predisposed to the condition
- Brushing too aggressively – if you brush your teeth using the wrong type of toothbrush, with too much force, or using the wrong motions, it can lead to gum recession
- Using tobacco – if you use tobacco products, you are more likely to develop plaque, which can lead to receding gums
Treatment options for gum recession
The best treatment option for gum recession depends on a variety of individual factors. Dr. Lepore evaluates each patient on a case-by-case basis and takes the time to learn about you, your lifestyle, and your treatment preferences before recommending the best course of action. He may recommend one or more of the following treatment options:
- Tissue grafting to help regenerate lost gum tissue
- Gumline fillings to replace root surface affected by trauma or decay.
- Lifestyle changes to help promote healthy gums and stop the progression of gum disease
- Deep cleaning of the teeth and gums to remove any built-up tartar and plaque that may be contributing to gum recession
- Antibiotic treatment to help manage bacteria that are causing gum inflammation and damage
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If you are in the Dunedin, FL area or surrounding communities, call Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry at (727) 608-4690 to schedule a consultation about your gum recession treatment options today!