The Truth About Gum Recession
If you are self-conscious about your smile, gum recession could be the culprit. Not only that, but gum recession has been associated with serious health issues such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and pregnancy complications.
Gum disease is the leading cause of gum recession, but other factors can contribute to it. To safeguard your overall health, its addressing your gum disease or gum recession is crucial. We are here to debunk some misconceptions about gum recession so that you can take appropriate measures to achieve healthier gums.
Myth: Receding Gums are Painful
Sore or tender gums, as well as pain while brushing or chewing, are common symptoms of gum disease and receding gums. However, it’s not always the case as receding gums can occur without any discomfort. In addition, there are other subtle indications of receding gums, such as loose teeth, bad breath, or bleeding, that may not be immediately apparent.
Myth: You Can Avoid Receding Gums By Brushing And Flossing
Gum disease is a prevalent condition affecting up to 50% of adults. While inadequate oral hygiene can increase the risk of gum disease, other factors such as genetics, diet, diabetes, and smoking can also contribute to it.
Even if you maintain excellent oral hygiene, you may have weak or thin gum tissue or tooth alignment problems that can make you more susceptible to receding gums. Additionally, aging increases the probability of gum disease and recession. It’s important to be aware of these risk factors and take appropriate measures to prevent or treat gum disease.
Myth: Gum Recession Is Related To Tooth Decay
Although gum disease and tooth decay may coexist in the same patient, they are distinct dental issues. The two conditions frequently occur together because they share common risk factors, including poor brushing habits, infrequent dental check-ups, and an unhealthy diet. However, you can still experience receding gums even if you have no cavities.
On the other hand, gum disease, particularly when it leads to gum recession, can elevate the risk of cavities and tooth loss. This is because receding gums expose the vulnerable tooth roots to harmful bacteria, which can lead to decay and tooth loss.
Both: Gum Disease Can Be Managed At Home Alone
The notion that early gum disease is reversible through good brushing and flossing practices is partly true and partly false. While effective oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups can help reverse early-stage gum disease (gingivitis), as the disease progresses, pockets can develop beneath the gum line where harmful bacteria can flourish.
Once these pockets reach a certain depth, standard brushing, and flossing techniques will be inadequate to remove the accumulated plaque and bacteria. At this point, a professional dental cleaning will be necessary. Consequently, advanced stages of gum disease are not reversible but can only be managed.
Fact: Receding Gums Will Not Grow Back
Regrettably, receded gums do not regenerate naturally, even with meticulous oral hygiene. At this stage, it becomes crucial to maintain excellent brushing and flossing habits and to schedule regular dental appointments to prevent further gum disease and recession progression.
Myth: There is No Treatment for Gum Recession
Although natural regeneration of receded gums is impossible, treatment options are available. For a long time, tissue grafting has been the main treatment for gum recession. However, this procedure can be time-consuming and painful.
Alternatively, more advanced treatments like pinhole gum rejuvenation are less invasive and can be completed in just one visit. This option is particularly appealing as it involves minimal discomfort and recovery time.
Gum Recession Treatment
If you are interested in finding out whether you are eligible for pinhole gum rejuvenation or you suspect that you have gum disease, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. We can provide you with expert guidance on the necessary steps to restore the health of your gums.
Schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation appointment with Marielaina Perrone DDS at (702) 458-2929 to start your journey towards a dream smile in Summerlin, Henderson, and Las Vegas, NV. Our team is eager to assist you with your oral health and smile makeover needs.
Dr. Marielaina Perrone is a highly respected and experienced dentist in Henderson, Nevada, with over two decades of expertise in providing quality dental care to her patients. She graduated from Stony Brook University School Of Dental Medicine and has completed advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, and orthodontics.
Dr. Perrone is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry and continuing education to provide the best possible care for her patients.
Dr. Perrone takes a patient-centered approach and believes in personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s unique needs and preferences. Her gentle and compassionate demeanor creates a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for patients during their dental appointments.
Aside from dentistry, Dr. Perrone enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cooking. She also volunteers her time and expertise to various charitable organizations in her community.