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Do You Have Receding Gums?

Have you heard of gum recession? Gum recession is wide spread and causes much discomfort and sensitivity for those who have it. You may ask: “What is gum recession?” “What causes it?” “Is it treatable?” These are common questions that your friends at North County Dental Specialties would like to answer.

What is Gum Recession?

Healthy gums cover the tooth to the proper degree. When someone has gum recession, the gums recede or pull back from the tooth, making the tooth appear longer. If the recession is bad enough, the tooth roots can even become exposed. As you can see, without the protection of gums, the tooth can become very sensitive. The gums on our teeth are a protective shield against bacteria. When bacteria collects in the gap forming between the receding gums and teeth, the tooth structure can become compromised, leading to tooth loss.

Causes of Gum Recession

Many factors can cause this issue. First, Periodontal Disease is the main cause. When bacteria become overabundant with Periodontal Disease, it negatively affects our gums. Unfortunately, this bacteria can eat away at the gum tissue causing recession. Although Periodontal Disease can be genetic, it is often a result of poor hygiene. Additionally, when too much force is exerted on teeth, the gums can recede. For example, grinding or clenching teeth, brushing too aggressively, and overcrowding or crooked teeth can be causes of the above. Too add to this, Tobacco products can rec havoc on oral health, gums included, causing damaging plaque to form on the teeth.


What can you do if you have receding gums? OralB recommends, “a professional deep cleaning in the affected area. During the deep cleaning, plaque and tartar is removed and the exposed root area is smoothed over, making it more difficult for bacteria to attach itself.” If you have a more aggressive case of recession, gum surgery is another option.

In conclusion, Oceanside Dental and Orthodontics wants to send you a friendly reminder that you CAN prevent this oral health issue! Keep up with your 6 month or 3 month dental cleaning visits. These are life savers! Give us a call to schedule (760) 466-0776