Dealing with Receding Gums: Treatment and Prevention

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Receding gums can be a big issue, as it might lead to tooth sensitivity, aesthetic concerns, and potentially more severe dental problems. Thankfully, there are effective treatments provided by your North Miami dentist to address receding gums, both professional and preventative. Let’s take a look. 

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Professional Treatments 

Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing) 

This non-surgical procedure involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth and root surfaces. Deep cleaning helps eliminate the bacterial infection causing gum recession, allowing the gums to heal and reattach to the teeth. It’s often the initial step in addressing mild to moderate cases of gum recession. 

Gum Graft Surgery 

In more severe cases, gum recession may require surgical intervention. During gum graft surgery, a periodontist takes a small piece of tissue from the patient’s palate or another source and grafts it onto the area with receding gums. This procedure helps cover the exposed roots and stimulates new gum tissue growth. 

Composite Restoration 

In some cases, composite restorations may be recommended to address cosmetic concerns and protect exposed roots. This involves the application of tooth-colored composite material to the affected areas. 

Desensitizing Agents 

To manage tooth sensitivity associated with receding gums, dentists may apply desensitizing agents or varnishes to help seal exposed dentin and reduce discomfort. 

Preventing Further Recession 

  • Proper Brushing Technique: Avoid brushing your teeth too hard, as aggressive brushing can contribute to gum recession. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and gentle, circular motions to clean your teeth effectively. 
  • Avoid Smoking: Smoking is a major risk factor for gum disease and can accelerate gum recession. Quitting smoking is essential for maintaining healthy gums. 
  • Mouthguards: If you grind your teeth at night, wearing a mouthguard can help protect your gums from the excessive force that may contribute to recession. 
  • Regular Dental Checkups: Visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings allows early detection of gum issues and preventive care.

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Book an Appointment with a North Miami Dentist 

If you’re concerned about your gums or want to ensure your oral health, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We offer comprehensive evaluations, personalized treatment plans, and expert care to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.