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Many people believe that receding gums are a normal part of aging, but this is not always the case. While we may all get long in the tooth as we age, our teeth should not be affected. Receding gums can actually be a sign of more serious issues, such as periodontal disease, bite problems such as grinding and clenching, postural issues, and sleep disorders.
It is a common misconception that brushing too hard can cause gum recession, but the truth is that the gums only recede when the bone below them is breaking down. As a result, it can be difficult to notice the gradual loss of gum tissue.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, the appearance of longer-than-normal teeth, or a notch at the base of your tooth near the gumline, it may be a sign of gum recession. It is important to identify the cause of the recession in order to effectively treat it.
If gum disease is the cause, a dental professional may recommend a deep cleaning process known as scaling and root planning to reduce the presence of bacteria. If misalignment or posture issues are the cause, a bite analysis for potential TMJ issues and postural analysis may be necessary. One common treatment for gum recession is to graft skin from the roof of the mouth to cover the exposed root.
It is important to seek treatment for gum recession as soon as possible, as it is a sign that something is wrong. Gums do not recede without cause, and delaying treatment can lead to further damage. If you are in the Calgary area and experiencing gum recession, please contact Dr. Silver for a free consultation.