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Facts about gum tissue recession

Attractive young man sitting, smiling outsideGum recession is a prominent issue for patients in the community of Golden, CO. It may occur gradually, but is often noticed by dental providers during routine evaluations and visits. In order to address this problem, patients need to visit with a dentist to get a proper evaluation and determine what can be done about the issue.

What is gum recession?

Gum recession is the shrinking of the gum tissue away from the teeth. This can cause more of the tooth root to be exposed and increase sensitivity when patients enjoy hot or cold foods or beverages. This condition can also impact the look of the smile, resulting in an uneven gumline or the appearance of lengthy teeth.

What causes gum tissue recession?

There are a few reasons why a patient might experience gum tissue recession. These include:

  • Periodontal disease. Patients who have had late stage periodontal disease may have experienced the loss of gum tissue with time. The shrinking of the gums can also create pockets between the tissues and the tooth enamel which allow bacteria to grow and spread, increasing the infection and inflammation in the mouth.
  • Brushing too hard. Aggressive brushing can result in gum recession over time. It is vital that patients use a light pressure when brushing their teeth and gums to not only effectively clean these surfaces but avoid damage. Patients should also make sure they are utilizing a soft-bristled tooth brush and an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste.
  • Flossing too deep. If you floss your teeth and pull the floss too close to the gumline, it can cause bleeding and over time, gum recession. Ask your dentist about how to floss without irritating the gums while effectively removing food particles from between the teeth.

Contact our office today

If you live in the Golden, CO area and want to speak to a professional about gum recession or other dental concerns, contact Golden Dental Solutions at (303) 277-9600 for an appointment at 1218 Arapahoe Street. Drs. Nancy Gill, Dallas Kenson, and Evelyn Qi are here to assist new and returning patients with general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions.

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