Gum recession is when your gums are irritated enough that they start to move away from the base of the teeth. This exposes the tooth roots, makes the teeth look longer and causes tooth sensitivity. Many causes of gum recession include gum disease, vigorous brushing, overuse of whitening treatments and more. Fortunately, there are many treatments available to help, and our dentist, Dr. Adrienne Fang, is happy to tell you all about them. Those treatments are:
-Improving oral hygiene habits: If the cause of your gum recession is vigorous brushing and flossing, then it’s time to change your ways. First, look at the oral hygiene tools you use. Make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-whitening toothpaste. Then, inspect your brushing and flossing routines. If you’re rough while cleaning the smile, be gentler. Using an electric toothbrush can help ensure a gentle brushing routine.
-Gum disease treatment: If gum disease is causing your recession, then your dentist will provide treatment, like a professional cleaning or scaling and root planing. These treatments will deeply clean your smile and tooth roots and help promote healing in the gums.
-Gum grafts: If the gum disease is severe or if genetics have caused dangerous gum recession, then gum grafts could be the best option for you. This treatment involves using excess gum tissue and placing it where your gums are supposed to be, covering the tooth roots and protecting the smile.
If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about gum recession treatments in Valencia, California, please reach out to our dental team at Adrienne L. Fang, DDS. When you dial 661-253-0588, we will be happy to give you the answers and information you need!