What is gum recession and is it possible to prevent it?
Gum recession is the gradual loss of soft tissue around the gum line. Eventually over time, the tissue can become weak and soft and will recess, which means that the tissue can expose the roots of the teeth. The roots are much more vulnerable and susceptible to disease than the regular hard coating and surface enamel of your regular teeth.
Gum recession is a more common problem then you may realize, if it is not treated properly, over time, it will leave your teeth in danger of getting more cavities and infections.
Many patients ask Dr. Austria what causes gum recession?
Gum recession is a natural progression that can happen as people age. Many people will get gum disease in their lifetime, but if it’s left untreated it will progress into a worse condition.
Poor oral hygiene is a common contributing factor to gum recession as well. If you use tobacco or you naturally have thin bones and gums due to genetics these are also contributing factors. In some instances the problem is genetic, which means teeth are not naturally set properly in the bone or jaw which makes gum recession a higher risk for people with this issue.
If this is the case gum recession will be visible later in life. In general, gum recession is extremely difficult to prevent. Dr. Austria says orthodontics can fix crooked teeth but cannot always ward off recessions of the teeth. However, Dr. Austria is one of the most advanced doctors in the state of Oregon, and he can perform periodontal surgery with a gum graft.
In general the best solution is good oral hygiene and daily cleanings of brushing and flossing your teeth which will avoid tarter and bacteria buildup.
It’s important to come visit the dentist at least twice a year to detect any tooth decay and properly care for infections. Surgery is necessary and can help prevent some problems from getting worse.
You may be able to avoid dental disease by caring for your teeth properly and visiting Dr. Austria.