Ways of Treating Receding Gums

by Andrew Veazey

Gum recession is a common dental problem where the gum tissues surrounding the teeth are lost due to many reasons. Many issues like gum diseases, injuries, etc. cause receding gums. However, the treatment for gum recession is based on the cause and the severity. Have a look on some of the treatment options.

If the problem is due to improper oral hygiene, simple considerations such as regular and proper brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush is enough to treat gum recession. In addition, perfect oral health maintenance by brushing and flossing avoids even many other dental problems along with gum recession. This is one of the natural ways to prevent dental issues. Receding gums that rise with poor dental plaque cleaning can also be avoided with regular oral hygiene and dental cleaning by a professional.

Certain non-surgical ways of treating receding gums include desensitizing agents, desensitizing toothpastes, resin-bonded restorations, and tooth scaling. Various desensitizing agents such as fluoride gels and resins are applied on the exposed tooth root surfaces to reduce pain. With gum recession, people often suffer from tooth sensitivity. Desensitizing toothpastes having sodium chloride or potassium salts help in blocking the creation or transmission of pain sensation. Receding gums is often seen with one of the common issues, dental plaque. However, to treat the problem, professional dental cleanings including tooth scaling and planing are required. These specific procedures clean the root surfaces below the gum line. Also, the exposed tooth surface is made smooth making it more difficult for the oral bacteria to attach. Any remaining harmful bacteria are removed by prescription of specific antibiotics. Special surgery methods like soft tissue graft and pocket depth reduction are often used to treat gum recession caused by maloclussion or other problems.


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