Taking proper care of your mouth is essential for every component contained inside, including your gums. The American Dental Association, or ADA, recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once daily. Along with this at-home care routine, it is also recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year. During your professional exams, your mouth is checked for all kinds of issues, including gum recession. Gum recession might not sound like a big deal, but it can lead to some serious problems. At Oregon Periodontics, P.C., we are here to help.
The Importance of Gum Tissue
Many people tend to think that healthy teeth are the only things that matter to a healthy mouth. The truth is, having healthy gums is just as important. Your gums, while seemingly just some soft tissue covering the jawbone, play several essential roles. For one, healthy gum tissue sits snugly against the necks of your teeth. In this position, they provide a protective barrier against bacteria that could otherwise attack the roots of your teeth and the supporting structures below. Moreover, while the periodontal ligaments and jawbone provide much of the support for your teeth, the gums help to provide some as well. The tissue covers the roots of the teeth, protecting against sensitivity. Along with these functional jobs, the gums also help to provide you with a beautiful smile.
Causes of Gum Recession
One of the most common causes of gum recession is periodontal disease. When the gums are irritated, which is caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria, the tissue becomes inflamed. Eventually, it begins to pull away from the teeth and begins to die. The longer periodontal disease goes untreated, the further the gums recede. Other causes of gum recession include:
Treatments for Gum Recession
There are various treatments available for gum recession, depending upon the cause and your specific needs:
If gum recession is affecting your mouth, it can be treated. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, contact Oregon Periodontics, P.C. today at (503) 575-7750.
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Portland, OR 97225
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