As a well-known cosmetic dentist in the Lake Forest area of Chicago, Dr. James Fondriest treats patients with a variety of oral and dental conditions.
A receding gum line is a common dental problem, but it is also among the lesser-known conditions. Dr. Fondriest treats patients with receding gums to help them restore their smiles, but he feels it is necessary to know what causes this condition before treating it so that a patient doesn’t have to endure recurrence.
What causes receding gums?
The most common cause of a receding gum line is gum disease, which develops when oral bacteria cause pockets to form between tooth and gum tissue. When these pockets form, the bacteria breed and thrive. Over time, gums recede and leave teeth roots partially exposed.
How can I identify receding gums?
With gum disease, bleeding, red, swollen, and tender gums are usual telltale warning signs. Diagnosing receding gums is easy because there is visibly something wrong. You may also experience some tooth sensitivity because the root of the tooth is exposed, and teeth roots aren’t covered with protective enamel.
What are the dangers of receding gums?
In addition to setting the foundation for serious oral problems, receding gums, like gum disease, has been linked to several very serious health issues, including heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and pregnancy and birth complications.
How do I prevent bacterial buildup in my mouth, and how are receding gums treated?
The best way to prevent receding gums is to use an effective oral hygiene program, which consists of brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, rinsing with a fluoride-enriched mouthwash/oral rinse, and having professional dental exams and cleanings every six months or as directed by Dr. Fondriest and your hygienist.
Like many other oral health conditions, the best prevention is maintaining good oral health. If your gums have already started to recede, you can help prevent worsening by maintaining a quality oral hygiene routine at home and avoiding sugary foods and drinks, processed foods, caffeine, tobacco products, and alcohol. You should also come in for an exam and consultation.
Depending on your specific needs and the severity of your gum recession, Dr. Fondriest can suggest treatment plans to treat your condition and promote long-term oral health. To reserve an appointment with Dr. Fondriest, call us at (847) 234-0517 or visit us online at lakeforestdentalarts.com.