Longer teeth, exposed roots and loose teeth. Do you have these symptoms? If so, your gums may be receding.
According to the Canadian Dental Association, you have a seven out of 10 chance of developing gum disease sometime in your life, and most people are not aware that they have it. That’s why it’s important to have regular checkups with your dentist so they can assess your mouth for any issues, including gum recession.
What is Gum Recession?
Gums are an important part of your mouth because they protect and hold your teeth in place. When your gum recedes, it means that your gums are pulling away from your teeth. This deterioration causes your teeth to look longer as more of the tooth is exposed.
In severe gum recession cases, a gap between your teeth and gums may form, called pockets. The bigger the pocket, the more food and bacteria can enter. Gum recession may even lead to exposed roots. Your tooth’s roots don’t have the same protections as the top of your tooth, the crown, does. Tooth enamel protects your tooth’s crown. When the gum recedes, and the root becomes exposed, your tooth is prone to increased sensitivity and decay.
Gum Recession Causes and How You Can Prevent It
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The burning question we get from patients is, “Will my gums grow back once they recede?” Unfortunately, the answer is no. Once your gums recede, they do not grow back. It’s better to take preventative measures, make sure you have excellent dental hygiene, and regularly visit your dentist and dental hygienist. If you have gum recession, there are steps that your dentist can do to help, which may include dental surgery. Talk to your dentist at Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre about a treatment plan. They can also offer more tips on how to protect your gums from receding.
Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre has a team of stellar dentists and hygienists serving ast Winnipeg who can assist you with these needs. Our clinic is at Regent and Lagimodiere and is easily accessible by our patients in Transcona, East Kildonan, North Kildonan, East St. Paul, St. Boniface, Windsor Park, Island Lakes and Sage Creek. Book your appointment today!
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