Fixing Receding Gums Naturally
Published on January 28, 2019
By Perio On The Park | Central Park, New York
Our gums are a vital part of the strength and durability of our teeth. Fitting snugly around them, our gums help to hold our teeth securely in place. However, many of us neglect our gums when it comes to our oral care, focusing on our teeth, often at the expense of this important area of soft tissue. If you don’t look after them well, you may experience a problem known as receding gums.
Receding gums are gums that have drawn back and pulled away from your teeth. This can make your tooth look longer than normal, since more of the enamel is exposed. Sometimes the recession may be so severe that some of the root is also exposed and visible.
One of the biggest problems with receding gums is that when the soft tissue pulls away from the tooth, it opens up a gap between the tooth and gum. This is referred to as a periodontal pocket. Unfortunately, these narrow pockets are the perfect size to trap food and bacteria, and virtually impossible to clean using a regular toothbrush or interdental brush. The worse your gum recession is, the deeper these pockets will become and the worse any infection trapped within them could become. Eventually, if the problem is left untreated, teeth can become loose and even fall out.
Causes of receding gums
Receding gums can be caused by a number of different dental problems. However, the biggest contributing factor is believed to be periodontal disease. Also known as gingivitis, gum disease and periodontitis, periodontal disease occurs when plaque bacteria spreads from the teeth onto the soft gum tissue, causing inflammation and irritation. One of the first signs of periodontal disease is bleeding when you brush your teeth. Your gums may also appear red and swollen. Unfortunately, because these symptoms are fairly mild, they are often ignored or overlooked until the issues become much worse. Unless periodontal disease is treated, it can have serious repercussions for your health and wellbeing. Patients who have periodontal disease have been shown to be more likely to suffer from conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Other factors that can also contribute towards receding gums include brushing your teeth too hard or using a firm-bristled toothbrush and the natural ageing process.
Is it possible to fix receding gums naturally?
Unfortunately, gum tissue cannot grow back. This is just one of many reasons why recognizing the signs of gum disease and starting treatment as soon as possible is recommended. If you notice that you have the earliest symptoms of gum disease as described above, it is essential that you make an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible. Doing so will enable you to get started with the appropriate treatment and could actually prevent your gums from receding at all.
If your gums have already started to recede, you can help to minimize further damage by using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing carefully so as not to push the gums back even further. You should also consider using mouthwash to minimize the amount of bad bacteria in your mouth and help improve your oral health. However, you will still need to speak to our dentist to see what your options are regarding treatment.
There are several different treatments that our dentist may recommend, some of which include:
Pocket reduction procedures
These are designed to clear bacteria from the periodontal pockets and reducing the size of them by tightening the tissue around your teeth.
Scaling and root planing
This is a special type of deep clean that penetrates below the gum line to help remove bacteria in periodontal pockets that is causing gum disease. It is usually performed under local anesthetic and may require several visits to our dentist.
If your gums have receded significantly, our dentist may recommend that you consider a gum graft. This involves taking healthy soft tissue from the roof of your mouth and using it to build the gum back up where it has receded. This is a fairly invasive process but can be very successful in restoring the gum line and preventing further problems of this nature.
Chao Pinhole® Surgery
This is a highly successful, minimally invasive method of adjusting the existing gum tissue so that it covers areas where it may have receded.
If you are concerned that you may be experiencing gum recession and would like to arrange an appointment for your teeth and gums to be assessed, please don’t hesitate to contact our office in Central Park by calling 646-846-7710 where one of our friendly and reassuring team members will be able to assist you. Dr. Baradarian at Perio On The Park is a top Periodontist in Central Park, and in New York City.