Receding gums are most commonly caused by gum disease - an infection
that oftentimes develops from poor oral hygiene. If left unchecked, gum
disease can result in gum and bone tissue loss and eventually tooth
While gum disease is not curable, there are several ways to manage it and keep it from progressing further.
Good Oral Hygiene At Home
Making sure to brush and
floss can help you manage gum disease and receding gums. Plaque and
tartar accelerate the development of gum disease, so removing plaque and
prevent tartar buildup can prevent your gums from receding further.
However, brushing too aggressively can also cause your
gums to recede, so make sure your brushing technique is not causing you
Regular Teeth Cleanings
most people should have their teeth cleaned twice a year, but every
person's dental health is different. Regardless of the number of
cleanings recommended in your treatment plan, scheduling these cleanings
will keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Scaling and Root Planing
For some patients, scaling and root planning may be needed to stop gum recession and the development of gum disease.
During a scaling and root planning treatment, a
periodontist uses a small tool to remove plaque that has built up
underneath the gums. This deep cleaning can stop the gums from pulling
away further and allow the gums to heal.
In some cases, the gums have receded far enough that they cannot heal and repair on their own.
A gum graft is a surgical procedure where gum tissue is
attached to an area where the gums have receded severely. The gum tissue
used during the graft can come from your own mouth or from a donor.
If you have concerns about receding gums or gum disease, please contact our office at San Pedro Ave: (210) 654-7878
Bandera Rd: (210) 680-0706.
We can help you develop an individual treatment plan to keep your gums and the rest of your mouth healthy.