If you have recently noticed that it looks as if your teeth might be getting longer or that your gums are receding when you smile, you may have gum recession. As every aspect of your mouth, including your gums, play a role in your overall health, it is important to us here at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Brookline and Pembroke, MA to ensure your gums are receiving the best possible care.
Gum recession, also known as gingival recession or receding gums, is when the gums start to pull back from the tooth, exposing more of the tooth or the root. There are several factors that could play a role in gum recession:
- Aggressive brushing
- Gum disease
- Misaligned bite
- Hormone changes
Causes of Gum Disease
One of the leading causes of gum recession are forms of gum disease – tooth decay, gingivitis, plaque build-up, and more. When you eat, bacteria that reside in your mouth feed on the sugars that you consume. As they eat, they dispense sticky or acidic waste, leading to a breakdown of the tooth enamel or a buildup of plaque, tartar, and more. Either way, it lays waste to your teeth and causes unhealthy consequences. One of those consequences is gum recession. Below is a list of some of the common causes of gum disease and tooth decay to help keep track of your habits.
- Eating food heavy with sugar or carbohydrates
- Lack of fluoride
- Lack of saliva
- Poor oral care
- Smoking, spit tobacco, or secondhand smoking
- Avoiding dental visits
By distancing yourself away from these issues, or reducing your intake of sugars and carbohydrates, you can greatly improve your oral health and prevent gum recession from occurring as a result.
Your Oral Health and Overall Health
Your mouth is the gateway to your body and it’s common that many health issues stem from and can be diagnosed through the mouth. Heart disease for example, goes hand in hand with gum disease. About 91% of patients with heart disease have periodontitis compared to the 66% of people who don’t. These ailments have risk factors in common such as smoking, obesity, or an unhealthy diet. When the conditions of the mouth or infections are left untreated, the bacteria spreads throughout the rest of the body and organs that directly affect your heart. It is important to note if you notice anything different with your gums or anywhere within the mouth.
To rejuvenate your gums, a simple technique called the Pinhole Surgery Technique allows the dentist to utilize existing gum tissue and bring it back down over the exposed root or excess tooth. It is also known as the “lunchtime method” due to the fact that it can be done during a lunch break. Following the procedure, you will be slightly uncomfortable, but with a minor pain reliever you will be able to return to your daily activities without restrictions.
Contact Dr. Spitz of Smileboston
Dr. Steven Spitz is a Prosthodontist and owner of Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Brookline, MA and Pembroke, MA. If you would like more information on the pinhole surgery technique, or have any questions or concerns, contact our office directly. We proudly serve new and current patients from Brookline, Pembroke, and Boston, MA.