How Are Receding Gums Treated?

  • By lemaster
  • 21 Oct, 2016
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 loss.

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 pain.

Regular Teeth Cleanings

In general, 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.

Gum Graft

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.
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Dental health researchers have long been examining the connection between gum disease and diabetes.

While it has been found that gum disease can have a negative effect on diabetes, some more encouraging news has been found - gum disease therapy an actually help you to control your blood sugar.
By lemaster 21 Oct, 2016
Brushing and flossing are the main ways you can reduce your risk of gum disease, but you may be wondering if including mouthwash in your oral hygiene routine has any benefits.

While mouthwash is not a magical elixir that will completely protect you from gum disease, it can be a useful tool to help reduce your risk or manage existing inflammation.
By lemaster 21 Oct, 2016
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 loss.

While gum disease is not curable, there are several ways to manage it and keep it from progressing further.
By lemaster 21 Oct, 2016
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Read on to find out some of the main reasons that athletes are at a heightened risk for developing periodontal disease than their non-athlete peers, and use this information to keep your teeth safe.
By lemaster 21 Oct, 2016
Perioscopy is a fairly new procedure that uses a tiny dental endoscope that contains advanced magnification, lighting, and video technology.

This system allows your dentist to diagnose and treat areas below the gums without surgery.

Since the technology is relatively new, many people have questions about this procedure.

By getting answers to some of these questions, you can better understand how the technology might be able to help you.
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