Posted on 11/20/2019 by Periodontal Associates
|Gum recession occurs when something causes your gums to pull away from your teeth. Reversing gum recession is often possible if it's caught early on.
However, if your gums have severely receded, it may not be possible to fully reverse the damage, though there are some treatments we can provide that will help your gums regain their health.
Early Gum Recession
If your gums have only recently begun receding, it's possible to reverse the process. Most likely, your gums are receding from either gingivitis or from poor oral hygiene. Both can be dealt with. In fact, both are generally related—you likely developed gingivitis from not brushing and flossing regularly.
By getting into the habit of doing so, you'll be able to heal up your gums. It can also help to make certain you're drinking enough water and are using a good toothbrush. Other things you can do that will help reverse mild gum recession include eating foods that are high in nutrients and avoiding sugary snacks. You should also stop smoking. Smoking makes it much easier for your gums to get infected while also making it more difficult for them to heal correctly.
Advanced Gum Recession
If your gums have receded quite a bit, you will need to come in so we can treat them. We will professionally clean your teeth, including getting the built-up plaque and tartar out of the space that has formed between your teeth and gums. There are a number of other treatments we can apply, too, including gum grafts and even certain techniques using lasers that help your gums heal up.
If you have noticed that you can see parts of your teeth that were once covered by your gums, you have receding gums. You need to call us and set up an appointment as soon as you can so we can begin healing your gums.