Posted on 2/27/2016 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
If your gums have been receding, your dentist or hygienist has probably pointed this out as a sign of gum disease. Unfortunately, many people don't take this condition seriously, even though there are plenty of ways to reverse it in the early stages. If gum disease isn't treated properly, the condition can worsen and put the health of your entire mouth in jeopardy. Luckily, there are ways to manage gum disease and to prevent the gums from receding in the future.
What Are the Dangers of Gum Disease and Recession?
Have you ever wondered what the big deal really is about gum disease? It is a widespread problem that many people are living with, so why is it so crucial that you treat it?
Well, when the gums start to pull away from your teeth, more of the tooth - including the root - will start to be exposed. These areas aren't intended for exposure, so they will be more sensitive than the upper areas of the tooth. In fact, the enamel that protects against decay doesn't even extend down to the roots, so gum recession can expose the tooth to bacteria that can cause cavities.
Can Further Recession Be Stopped?
Fortunately, there are ways that you can manage your gum disease and to prevent your gum recession from continuing. The first stop should be a trip to your dentist's office, and he will often recommend a consultation with a periodontist, as these dental professionals specialize in the gums.
There are a variety of treatment options for gum disease depending on the severity of your case, and they can range from deep cleaning to surgical procedures. Being more proactive in caring for your teeth at home with proper dental hygiene will also go a long way in treating your gum disease and preventing future gum recession, please call our office today to set up an appointment.