When you take a critical look in the mirror at your smile, you may notice bigger spaces between your teeth than there used to be, and your teeth may even look a bit longer than they did when you were a teenager. Both characteristics indicate that your gums have receded or pulled away from your teeth. In some cases, minor gum recession can be a normal sign of ageing, but most often, it’s caused by bad brushing habits or gum disease.
Gum tissue is very soft and easily damaged. Using hard-bristled toothbrushes and an aggressive technique may push your gums off your teeth and expose their roots to infection. That’s why it’s important to use a soft brush and a gentle touch in a circular motion.
Periodontitis (gum disease) is caused by a buildup of bacteria at the gumline. With time, the infection attacks the bone that supports your teeth … which may lead to tooth loss. Dental treatment can arrest and even reverse the damage and the recession, but the best defense is prevention by practicing regular and thorough home care.
Gum recession can be hard to notice because it happens so gradually, and the only way to determine its cause is with a thorough examination in our office. So be sure to keep your regular recall appointments, and we’ll be sure to keep an eye on your smile!