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How can gum recession be prevented?

September 14, 2016

Proper tooth brushing and flossing using a soft toothbrush is effective in preventing gum recession. Timely orthodontic therapy to correct tooth malposition, which contributes to recession, is yet another measure of prevention. Finally, we have seen numerous cases of advanced gum recession caused by oral jewelry. In most cases encountered, complete repair of the recession is not possible due to the advanced nature of the condition. Therefore, avoiding oral jewelry altogether can prevent gum recession and other oral lesions as well.

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What causes gum recession?

July 12, 2016

Common causes of gum recession are:

1. Trauma from tooth brushing or flossing

2. Tooth malposition

3. Oral jewelry

4. Muscle pull

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Gum recession

June 15, 2016

An undesirable condition, gum recession results in the exposure of roots of teeth, tooth sensitivity, root decay and un-esthetic appearance of teeth.

Gum recession has been classified by the American Academy of Periodontology as a developmental or acquired condition. It is often associated with the loss of soft and hard tissues (such as gum and bone) surrounding the tooth. An American Survey2 found that 88 per cent of individuals 65 years of age and older had at least one site with gingival recession.

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What causes periodontal disease?

May 17, 2016

Periodontal disease is typically caused by bacteria within the dental plaque beneath the gum line. The bacteria ignite an inflammatory response in the gums. As a result, the gums become red and swollen and bleed easily. Often, the body’s immune cells produce cytokines to fight off the bacterial infection. These cytokines have been shown to cause damage in the body tissues. Therefore, the damage seen in periodontal disease is caused not only by the bacteria, but also by the body’s own immune cells.

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What can you do if you suspect to have periodontal disease?

April 6, 2016

It is recommended that you see your dentist or dental hygienist at least once a year to check your gums for signs of periodontal disease. If you have any of the signs or symptoms of periodontal disease, your dentist or hygienist will refer you to a periodontist. Early detection and treatment of periodontal disease can not only prevent irreversible loss of bone around teeth, it can also reduce the need for more complex and costly treatments in the future.

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