Protecting the health of our gums is essential for preserving your teeth and enjoying optimal oral health. However, if recession begins to occur, you could be suffering from gum disease. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, dentist explains how to combat gum recession and protect the health of your smile, avoiding tooth loss and other complications in the process.

The Causes of Gingivitis and Gum Disease

Gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis, occurs when plaque buildup forms on the teeth, irritating the gum tissue. Plaque arises due to poor oral hygiene and a diet high in sugar and other starches. Other factors behind inflammation may include family history, smoking and tobacco use, and certain illnesses and medications. Without treatment, gingivitis may cause the inflamed gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets and causing gum recession. Gum disease then develops. While gingivitis can be reversed, there is no cure for periodontal disease. Instead, treatment is crucial for managing the disease and preventing the onset of the advanced stages, which may cause adult tooth loss.

When To See Your Dentist

Alert your dentist when you notice changes to your gum tissue. For example, should they appear red, feel sore, or bleed easily when you brush or floss. Also, if you notice recession, let us know as soon as possible. We may recommend a scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, to remove the layers of plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots, allowing healthy gum tissue to adhere to the teeth and closing periodontal pockets. Maintaining optimal gum health helps safeguard the health and stability of your smile.

Preventing Recession

With routine care, you can often significantly reduce the risk of gum recession and periodontal troubles. For example, brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each session, and flossing every night before bed, help remove food particles from on and between your teeth. Doing so prevents bacteria from breaking down these particles, a process responsible for plaque buildup. You should also see us every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning. During the checkup, we will monitor your gum health and look for signs of recession. We also clean your teeth, which removes all plaque from your smile and helps improve overall oral health. If you have any questions about preventing gum disease, or if you feel your gum line is currently receding, then contact our team today.

Let’s Improve Your Gum Health

We want to help you enjoy good gum health and a stable, complete smile. For more information on our general and preventive dental treatments, schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental Family Dentistry office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).