Insights from Rachel, Whitmore Dental Patient Care Coordinator
“Why are my gums receding?”
“Am I brushing too hard?”
We often hear those two questions from our patients. Contrary to popular belief, gum recession is not caused by brushing too hard or by aging.
Our practice team sees three main causes of gum recession among our patients.
Trauma. While we may associate that word with emergencies or other dangerous situations, in dental care it can refer to ongoing wear-and-tear caused by problems with your bite. A problem with your bite (the fit of your teeth) can cause teeth to continually slam together. For many individuals, a bad bite is the cause of daytime or nighttime tooth-clenching and grinding (known as bruxism). Jaw pain and headaches can result too.
Gum disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque and bacteria build up around the gum line, due to lack of flossing and/or poor brushing. Bleeding during brushing and flossing is often a sign of the early form of gum disease, gingivitis. Left untreated, the disease continues to progress and results in infected gums. Gums become recessed and pockets form around the teeth.
Tobacco. Smoking or chewing tobacco deprives your gum tissue of oxygen and can lead to gum recession.
If you’re experiencing gum recession, we’ll work closely with you to diagnose the cause of your condition.
If your gum recession is the result of bite issues, Dr. Whitmore can treat you to correct your bite, while relieving the discomfort of teeth grinding and clenching.
We can also provide treatment for gum disease, with treatment depending on how much the disease has progressed. If you have gingivitis (the early form of the disease), you can improve the health of your gums through better brushing and flossing, including using tools such as the Sonicare tooth brush. A professional dental cleaning is essential.
Quitting smoking or other forms of tobacco use also does wonders for your teeth.
Concerned about gum recession?
To arrange a consultation, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.