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4 Myths About Gum Recession

Posted on 12/15/2015 by Dr. Wagle
A sign saying myths vs reality.Gum recession is a common symptom of untreated periodontal disease. Unfortunately, many people believe some myths about gum recession that can cause them to delay treatment.

By dispelling some of these common myths, you'll be better equipped to deal with, treat, and prevent gum disease.

Once the Gums Are Gone They Are Gone for Good

Even dental hygienists are sometimes incorrectly taught that once the gum and bone of the mouth are gone, they are gone forever. However, technology is increasing every day, and amelogenin proteins have been used in periodontics for the last decade. These proteins can help to grow both soft and hard tissues, possibly reversing recession.

Recession is Only a Sign of Gum Disease

Actually, gum recession can be a sign of disease of both soft and hard tissues. If your gums are receding, there may also be problems with the underlying bone. You should think of your gums and jawbone as working together in harmony, so if one is damaged, the other will likely be affected.

Gum Recession is Caused by Hard Brushing

Aggressive tooth brushing likely isn't the cause of your receding gums, so if you're noticing the gums pulling away from your teeth, your solution shouldn't be to cut back on your dental hygiene routine. Untreated gum disease is often the culprit, but other factors like previous orthodontic treatments, tooth positioning, and the salivary environment can also be contributors to recession. Talk to your dentist about what might be causing your receding gums.

The Best Course of Action is Just to Watch It

Early detection is key to properly treating gum disease, and patients should know that there are ways to reverse it. It is important to schedule an appointment with your periodontist in order to develop an effective treatment plan.

You don't have to live with receding gums. Please contact us today for more information on gum recession.

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