When you look at your teeth and find some look longer than you remembered them being, this isn't because they've grown but because your gums have shrunk. This causes you to have an unattractive smile and may have even more severe consequences such as the loss of bone or teeth. Before we can treat gum resorption it's important to know what caused it to happen in the first place.
Your gum Tissues
How thick your gum tissues are is something that's inherited and uncontrollable. However, if you're born with thin gum tissues you should know that you're more susceptible to gum resorption so you must be extra vigilant about taking care of your gums.
Your Tooth Position
Teeth normally erupt in the center of their bony housing. However, they'll sometimes erupt outside of it and then you won't have much, if any, gum tissue growth around this tooth. When this happens, we should move the tooth into a better position to help stimulate gum growth.
Brushing Your Teeth Too Aggressively
While it's important to take good care of your teeth, brushing them too hard can inflame and tear your gum tissue, causing it to recede. Don't forcefully brush your teeth. Use gentle, circular motions and let the toothpaste do the rest.
The biggest reason for gum resorption is gum disease. This can be treated if we aggressively remove the plaque. Better yet, it's preventable by maintaining good oral hygiene on a daily basis and visiting our office for a cleaning and checkup twice yearly.
Regardless of why it's happening, it's important for you to visit our office as soon as you notice it's happening. So, if you look in your mouth and notice signs of gum resorption, make sure you pick up your phone and give us a call right away. We'll schedule an appointment to see what's going on and discuss how we can fix it for you.
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