Receeding Gums

Some describe aging as being “long in the tooth,” but did you know that this familiar saying has origins connecting to gum recession? As we get older, we are more at risk of developing gum (gingival) recession. In one study, 70% of adults aged 45 to 60 had gum recession (compared to only 27% of adults aged 15 to 25 years). While this statistic might feel alarming to some, Dr. Nikhaar Keshwani offers receding gums treatment (and prevention) at Babcock Family Dental.

Receding Gums Defined

Gum recession can be an unfortunate side effect of gum disease. As periodontal pockets deepen and fill with bacteria and debris, the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth. This exposes tooth roots, which makes the teeth feel more sensitive to temperature and raises the risk of tooth decay.

Gum recession affects everyone differently. For instance, it can affect one tooth or multiple teeth. Also, it can range from mild to severe.

Causes of Receding Gums

What causes gums to recede? You might develop receding gumlines for several reasons, including:

  • Brushing too aggressively
  • Dental plaque and tartar accumulation
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Gingival tissue trauma or injury
  • Gum disease
  • Tobacco Use
  • Lip and tongue piercings

Signs of Receding Gums

One of the leading causes of gum recession is periodontal (gum) disease. Before gums start to recede, you might notice bleeding or swollen gums. So, speak to Dr. Keshwani right away if you notice these signs.

When a receding gum line develops, you’ll likely notice tooth root exposure, which might feel like pain or sensitivity when eating, brushing your teeth, or dental cleanings. Furthermore, if left untreated, your teeth might start to feel “wiggly,” and you could experience tooth and bone loss eventually.

Treatment for Bleeding, Swollen, & Receding Gums

Before gums start receding, you might notice painful, swollen gums or bleeding gums when brushing your teeth. Generally, these are the warning signs that gum disease is developing. So, if you’re wondering how to treat swollen gums or how to stop bleeding gums, schedule an appointment at Babcock Family Dental. Dr. Keshwani and her team can offer swollen and bleeding gums treatment before you need receding gums treatment. Typically, treatment includes a straightforward (yet thorough) deep dental cleaning known as scaling and root planing.

Deciding on how to treat gum recession is dependent on the severity, and Dr. Keshwani might suggest:

  • Scaling and root planing: Our San Antonio dental team perform this deep dental cleaning to annihilate gum disease-causing bacteria hidden deep under the gum line.
  • Cosmetic bonding: Dr. Keshwani can camouflage and protect exposed tooth roots with a tooth-colored, composite resin for minor gum recession cases.
  • Orthodontics: A crooked, rotated, or tipped tooth can lead to gum recession. If this is the cause, Dr. Keshwani offers various orthodontic treatment methods.
  • Gum grafting surgery: In more severe cases, Dr. Keshwani might suggest gum graft surgery to replace missing gum tissue.

Prevent and Manage Gum Recession

Even if you believe that bleeding, swollen, or receding gums are not that big of a deal, they can ravage your oral and overall health. Set up an appointment for bleeding, swollen, or receding gums at Babcock Family Dental by calling 210-732-3333 or messaging us online.