Dental Veneers

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What are dental veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color.

Your dentist will most likely begin with a smile analysis to determine what steps are necessary to achieve the smile you desire. In addition, your dentist may create a diagnostic mock-up that will allow you to “try on” veneers and other procedures to see if the final result is actually what you’re looking for. Your dentist may also show you a photo of how your new smile will look. This is called cosmetic imaging

Patients with stains and damaged, chipped or worn and discolored filings or with gaps between their front teeth may choose veneers instead of crowns.

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To determine if you are a candidate for dental veneers, your dentist will schedule a preliminary consultation during which your oral health will be evaluated and all available treatment options discussed. Veneer treatment involving tooth preparation is irreversible, so it is important that your dentist discuss any alternatives that provide the same results but with minimal to no removal of tooth structure. If you and your dentist decide that veneers are the best option, the next step involves a thorough review of treatment details, including preparing your teeth for your specific veneer procedure and what will be necessary for them to look and fit correctly.

During your veneers consultation, you will actively participate in the “smile design process.” By sharing your preferences for the shape, length, width and color of the veneers and the change in the appearance of your smile that you want them to create, you help ensure that your veneer treatment will meet your expectations. It is important that your dentist understands your objectives when undergoing a veneer procedure.

The Veneer Dental Procedure

There are several steps in the dental veneer procedure. First, your dentist will likely administer a local anesthetic so you will be comfortable during tooth preparation and placement of the veneer. Your natural tooth is then prepared by minimally reshaping it with a small handheld rotational cutting device called a bur to provide the best fit. Burs come in various shapes and sizes and allow precise and minimal shaping of a tooth prior to veneer placement.

If your treatment involves direct composite resin veneers, your dentist then will apply the appropriately shaded composite to your teeth, shape the material and harden it using a high intensity light. Additional layers of composite may be applied to build the veneer to the correct shape, length and form for your smile. When all composite is placed, the veneers will be finished and polished using burs and polishers to create a vital and lifelike smile.

 

If your treatment requires porcelain veneers, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth from which a mold of your mouth will be made. This impression may be sent to an outside dental laboratory where the veneers will be professionally fabricated. Some dentists have an in-house dental laboratory and technicians to provide restorative and esthetic treatments such as porcelain veneers in less time. Other dentists have chairside CAD/CAM technology and may fabricate the veneer in one visit.

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Healthy Diet

wheat_thins Healthy DietA healthy diet is a healthy smile

Today more than ever it is challenging to following a healthy diet, especially where beverages are concerned. We have a few very valuable tips for our patients which can save them time, money, and discomfort in the long run.

Soft drinks

The average 12 oz. can of soda contains 9-12 teaspoons of sugar. The bacteria that typically live in the mouth feed on the sugar they find on the teeth. When the bacteria digest the sugar, they produce acid which will slowly dissolve the protective outer layer of enamel. Eventually a hole is created in the enamel by this acid and can develop into a serious cavity.

The other ingredient in many sodas is acid, either phosphoric or citric. These acids also have a very low pH and can dissolve enamel by slowly demineralizing it. Not only can the acid cause decay but they also “erode” the teeth often leading to the wearing away of the biting edges. Once the enamel is worn away, the dentin layer is exposed, which can be very sensitive, as well as vulnerable to a faster rate of decay. Soda might best be called “liquid candy.” It is one of the most damaging beverages to the teeth and the biggest source of refined sugar in the America diet.

Snack foods

Foods that stick to your teeth (such as potato chips and dried fruit), foods that dissolve slowly in your mouth (like granola bars or hard candy), and eating too many sweets in general encourage tooth decay.

 How often we eat

healthydiet2 Healthy DietThe bacteria in your mouth feed on foods that are sweet or starchy and produce acid that attacks the teeth for up to 20 minutes. The more frequently you eat will expose your teeth to acids which eventually cause tooth decay (unless you immediately brush afterwards.)

The most beneficial eating regimen would be to combine your foods into a meal. Sticky and starchy foods create less acid in the mouth when eaten as part of a meal because saliva production increases at mealtime. Saliva rinses away food and neutralizes harmful acids, re mineralizes teeth and keeps them resistant to acid attacks.

 What and HOW we SHOULD eat

Smart food choices timed properly play an important role in your dental health.

A balanced diet boosts your immune system and provides you with the nutrients needed to maintain strong teeth and healthy gums. This includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of proteins, carbs such as whole grains and beans, dairy products, and unsaturated fats.

Cheese, nuts, onions and some teas have been known to slow down the bacterial growth responsible for dental decay.

 

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How to Floss

Marielaina-Perrone-DDS-Flossing-300x199 How to FlossIf You Want to Look Like a Boss, Then You Should Frequently Floss

At home, dental care is necessary and flossing is an essential part of dental hygiene, even more than brushing. The main purpose of flossing is to remove food residue between our teeth and prevent plaque formation.

The American Dental association reports that only 50 percent of Americans floss daily, 31 percent less than daily and 18 percent don’t floss at all.

But when you consider that flossing helps prevent gum disease and cavities and not flossing is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, it makes you wonder why more people don’t do it.

Flossing Facts

1. Maybe you’re too tired at the end of the day to bother with flossing. Yet, it doesn’t really matter when you do it. The most important thing is to just do it—once a day. Whether you floss before or after you brush doesn’t much matter, either.

2. Here’s a no-brainer tip for easy flossing: Try storing floss in your car, in your bag or in your office drawer—then break it out when you have time (just don’t floss in public—your friends and coworkers will thank you). There’s no need to floss in front of a mirror, either.

3. Flossing should not be painful. It’s normal for it to be uncomfortable when you first start, but within a week or two, that discomfort should ease.

4. Be aware of flossing too hard—it could damage the tissue between your teeth. But don’t be too gentle either, which might not result in a complete job.

5. Children should start to floss as soon as they have two teeth that touch.

Flossing the Right way

floss2 How to FlossThe right way to floss your teeth consists of few essential and not overly difficult steps.

  • Not flossing enough
    You need to floss daily to prevent build-up of the dreaded tartar. And remember, when you first begin to floss, gums can bleed’don’t let that deter you. Try to floss at night before bed so the plaque between your teeth doesn’t have all night to rest and fester.
  • Not removing the plaque
    A lot of us use floss only to remove food that’s stuck between our teeth. Remember, for floss to be useful, you need to spend the time required to remove plaque: scraping the surface up and down two or three times, moving gently below the gum line, on both sides of each tooth. Having difficulty? Ask your dentist to recommend a type of floss (waxed vs. unwaxed, for example) suitable for your teeth.
  • Not using enough pressure
    It takes some elbow grease to actually clear the tooth of plaque. Press firmly against the tooth, while moving gently and slowly when guiding the floss under the gum line.
  • Not flossing long enough
    Most of us have 28 teeth, which means it should take us about two minutes for decent results. Add in the two to three minutes required for brushing, and it takes about five minutes an evening to ensure you have a set of teeth that can last you a lifetime.

 

Flossing Vs brushing

There have been endless debates between brushing and flossing. Which is better?

Flossing essentially removes the food residue between your teeth that a toothbrush might fail to reach and brushing is indispensable for the rest of your teeth and oral cavity.

When all is said and done, brushing and flossing are both important for your oral health. If you are planning to keep your teeth strong and in optimal health for life, make sure you use both techniques. If you brush your teeth, but do not floss, you are leaving a lot of plaque and bacteria which can cause gum disease and cavities.

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Teeth Whitening – 5 Do’s and Don’ts

whitening1 Teeth Whitening - 5 Do's and Don'tsOf course, your love life isn’t the only thing that can improve with a better, brighter-looking smile. Studies conducted by the independent researcher firms found that a whiter smile could also help you land the job of your dreams. The study found that applicants were 58 percent more likely to get offered a job and 53 percent more likely to receive a raise if their teeth were pearly white.

While the in-office whitening treatment offered can provide stunning results after just one visit, patients do have a number of options they can explore to restore a little of the luster lost from their smile. Unfortunately, not all whitening treatments offer the same level of safety and effectiveness. Here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening Don’ts

Don’t use baking soda. While baking soda may rank as an all-star multipurpose cleaner in the home, don’t consider using it on your teeth. The chemical compound of baking soda is fairly abrasive – part of the reason why it’s so efficient at removing stains – but those abrasive agents can also present a risk to your teeth. Baking soda won’t just help to remove stains; the abrasive compounds will actually wear away tooth enamel, as well, leading to your teeth actually becoming darker over time.

Don’t eat tooth-staining foods. While red wine and coffee seem the most likely culprits to contribute to tooth-staining, foods like tomato sauce, berries and soy sauce can also cause discoloration. As a general rule, the darker the pigmentation of a particular food or drink, the more likely it will cause staining.

Don’t guzzle artificial beverages. Artificially sweetened beverages like soda, fruit juice, energy and sports drinks not only contain high levels of sugar, and they also have a fairly high acidity. Beverages with higher acidity erode away at enamel, making teeth easier to stain. In fact, some oral health experts compare the affect drinking these types of beverages have on your teeth to battery acid due to their corrosive nature. If you just can’t resist drinking your favorite beverage, consider sipping through a straw as that helps reduce the exposure your teeth have to the liquid.

Teeth Whitening Do’s

Do change out your toothbrush. You need to regularly replace your toothbrush as the bristles become worn with use. A brush with worn or broken bristles works far less efficiently at removing stains, so make sure to buy a new brush at least once every three months.

Do scrape your tongue. A harmful oral bacterium that contributes tooth discoloration builds up on both your teeth and tongue. If you brush regularly but fail to clean your tongue, you’re leaving a large portion of your mouth thriving with bacteria. To eliminate bacteria, while also freshening your breath, make sure to scrape your tongue at least once a day. ADA approved tongue scrapers can be purchased at most pharmacies and grocery stores.

Do eat raw veggies. Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, celery and cauliflower carry the reputation as “Nature’s toothbrush.” That’s because eating these types of foods helps to scrub your teeth while increasing saliva flow, which in turn washes away bacteria. Diets high in fruits and veggies also help to limit sugar consumption, which can also contribute to staining.

If you have any questions about the best ways to whiten your teeth, feel free to ask your dental experts here at Rosemeade during your next appointment with us!

 

 

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Mouth Sores – How to Prevent Them

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Mouth sores can be quite a pain, in more ways than one. They can be classified into two types of sores, canker sores, the more common ones, and cold sores, which are not typically found inside the mouth although it is not unheard of.

Canker sores can happen to anyone, at any age. Although simple canker sores are mostly common in the age group of 10 to 20, complex canker sores can happen at any age. Complex canker sores are rare but people with a history of simple canker sores are prone to them.

Canker Sore Prevention

  1. Nutritional Deficiency – It has been noted in several studies that canker sores are either caused or triggered further when there is a deficiency of folic acid, zinc, or iron in the human body. Deficiencies of calcium can also cause canker sores, but more than causing them, calcium deficiency can worsen the situation. Healthy eating is the best solution to such a nutritional deficiency.
  2. Stress/ Injury – Stress on the tissues or any type of injury in the mouth can cause canker sores. Since the sores are actually tiny ulcers, they can be caused by any kind of hard brushing or eating something that can cause bruises or lead to tissue inflammation in the mouth. Also, many people suffer from injuries from dental equipment such as braces. Using harsh mouthwashes or oral products that can damage the outermost layering of the mouth can also lead to canker sores.
  3. Fruits and Vegetables – While it is not entirely accurate to state that fruits such as oranges, lemons, or pineapples can in and of themselves cause canker sores, they can when there is already some stress on the tissues and the surfaces inside the mouth are prone to burn or react to the acidic nature of the fruits. Strawberries, figs, tomatoes, and apples are some of the foods that should be avoided if one has canker sores.
  4. Poor Immune System – People who have a poor immune system are more prone to canker sores. It is difficult to find a specific correlation of immune system with canker sores and pinpoint what exactly is in one’s immunity that triggers canker sores, but the fact that the immune system cannot prevent or repair it quickly is reason enough to consider it to be a contributing factor. Besides, there is evidence that gastrointestinal problems and other diseases contribute to or cause canker sores.
  5. Vitamin Deficiency – Kids require more vitamins than adults because they are consistently growing and the body keeps demanding more vitamins. Also, kids are the most averse to vitamins. Fruits and vegetables are not typically a dear favorite of the young guns. Thus, vitamin B-12 deficiency is rather common among kids. If this is the cause of canker sores, then taking vitamin capsules or applying the contents of vitamin B-12 capsules directly to areas where sores have developed can offer quick and painless results.

There are many other topical products for canker sores, including those without active ingredients. Ask your doctor or dentist for advice on which may work best for you. If your canker sores relate to a more serious health problem, your doctor will treat the underlying condition.

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Show My Love, Dental Gifts and Services

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The most romantic day of the year is knocking on our doors. We will open our hearts and our doors to the loved ones celebrating one of the most gratifying and beautiful feelings that humankind enjoys. Love!

Therefore, after an evening of sweet chocolate gifts and romantic dinners, family theater outings with extra sweet candies or nice overly indulgent parties with friends, maybe it is time to think about what we can do for those that we cannot afford to lose, our pearly whites!

As Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, many people are struggling to come up with gift ideas for their loved ones.  There’s no need to fear because we’ve compiled a list of 7 creative gift ideas that will make your sweetheart smile.

GIFTS WITH SOLE

If your valentine loves shoes, get them a gift card to their favorite shoe store.  While gift cards are sometimes seen as an impersonal gift, there are many ways you can personalize this gift.  You can send your sweetheart on a scavenger hunt or create a fun box to present the card in a memorable way.  If you know your valentine loves shoes, it will be a personal gift because it’s from you and it’s something you know they love.

A PICTURE-PERFECT DAY

Capture your love story through a photo book.  There are many online options like Shutter fly and Walgreens that allow you to create and quickly receive custom photo books and prints.

Or, gift your sweetheart a beautiful canvas print of the place where you met.  If your valentine loves coffee, get them a custom mug to make them smile with every sip.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

If your valentine loves to smell nice, get them their favorite scent.  Perfume and colognes can be found everywhere from online retailers to department stores like Dillards.  Giving them their favorite scent ensures that your sweetheart will love the gift and it’s something they can use every day.

A TICKET TO LOVE

For the couples that are sports fanatics, get your valentine tickets to see the Houston Texans or the Houston Rockets.  If musicals and plays are a passion of your sweetheart’s, get tickets to see Broadway shows at the Hobby Center; they have 6-show packages on sale now

Aesthetic Voucher

A great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the family is to set up a sweet appointment as a couple or for the loved one to show them you care. A wonderful massage session or a splendid zoom whitening session with a dentist is always an awesome way to express your love and how much you cherish their Happy smile.

 

Think about alternative gifts, and most importantly, make your love to be the best present!

 

 

 

 

 

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National Nutrition Month – Tips for a Healthy Smile

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Most of you have heard the saying visit your dentist often or cut back on the sweets, but it is not stressed often enough to make a change. Healthy eating is essential for oral health! Nutrition has a direct impact on your teeth and gums. Poor nutrition may lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Researchers have also linked oral diseases to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature/low-weight births. Improving your family’s nutrition is a journey; here are some tips and information to help you along the way.

Watch the Food

Show your children how to look at the sugar content on food labels of some common foods. Sometimes surprising amounts of sugar are found in foods we might consider healthy, like yogurt, salad dressing, smoothies, and sports drinks. Making small changes on a regular basis can help reduce cavity-causing sugars. Substitutions can be a great way to reduce sugar.

  • Add fruit to cereal or oatmeal
  • Add a little honey to a low sugar yogurt option
  • Freeze real fruit instead of a popsicle, i.e., kiwi slice

Beverages impact the sensitivity and the texture of the teeth. The enamel gets damaged from the beverages. Avoid Sodas and caffeinated drinks for a happier, healthier smile.

A bad nutrition can have impact on your overall health, in other words, you will have a deficit of certain necessary vitamins and minerals. This translates to you having a worse immune system, meaning that your mouth is prone to more diseases, such as gum disease. If left untreated, that can cause severe tooth loss, and in some cases, bone loss. Have no fear, though, as there are many foods and drinks that you can consume to balance out your diet.

Food and Drinks You Should Consume:

Apples and carrots are your fruits and vegetables of choice if you want to keep your teeth healthy and clean. They are sometimes called “nature’s toothbrush”, as they do have a tendency of cleaning your teeth, and the crevices in between them, of all the nasty food remains that might get stuck.

Almonds are great for your teeth because they are a good source of calcium and protein while being low in sugar. Enjoy a quarter cup of almonds with your lunch. You can also add a handful to a salad or to a stir-fry dinner.

 

Along with adding more leafy greens, dairy products and fibrous vegetables to your diet, pay attention to what you’re drinking. Since it has no calories or sugar, water is always the best pick, especially compared to juice or soda. Your diet makes a big difference when it comes to a healthy smile.

Regarding teeth, though, you do want to brush twice a day, especially after a big meal. Flossing also helps, and remember, visit your Dentist to discuss the type of right diet to balance your needs and wellness.

 

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Stain Relief Techniques for Your Teeth

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A White Smile is an Attractive Smile

 You have probably seen that many of the famous people have really white teeth, shining, making you wonder whether they have a perfect diet, or whether their cosmetic dentist does a rather good job.

While most of the time, both would be correct, a whitening treatment and a healthy diet might seem too costly, especially on the level of the movie stars, there are other ways of getting your teeth to be whiter.

Here’s how to identify the cause of your discoloration and begin appropriate teeth stain removal.

Intrinsic Teeth Stain Removal

Intrinsic stains refer to staining of the dentin, the sensitive tissue that lies just below your enamel. This layer naturally takes a yellower or darker color, which can then be seen if the enamel wears away due to poor mouth health. There are many possible reasons for this type of staining, including exposure to tetracycline antibiotics during childhood or physical trauma to your teeth.

These stains originate inside your teeth, so you won’t be able to remove them at home with just a whitening toothpaste. Instead, at-home whitening kits or a professional treatment by your dentist may be able to remove these stains; the active ingredients in these bleaches are meant to remove deep stains in addition to the surface stains you can remove yourself.

Extrinsic Teeth Stain Removal

Extrinsic stains refer to staining of the enamel, the hard surface protecting the more nervous dentin and pulp. Enamel comes into contact with everything you eat or drink, though, and over time it can absorb the pigments left over by these foods and beverages. Red pasta sauce, curry and berries can have this effect on your teeth, as can common drinks like soda, coffee, tea and red wine. Tobacco, whether it’s smoked or chewed, is another possible cause of this type of staining.

Extrinsic stains refer to staining of the enamel, the hard surface protecting the more nervous dentin and pulp. Enamel comes into contact with everything you eat or drink, though, and over time it can absorb the pigments left over by these foods and beverages. Red pasta sauce, curry and berries can have this effect on your teeth, as can common drinks like soda, coffee, tea and red wine. Tobacco, whether it’s smoked or chewed, is another possible cause of this type of staining.

Age-Related Teeth Stains

Many changes happen throughout your body as you get older, and your teeth are no exception. Specifically, two changes occur in your mouth: your dentin gets darker and your enamel gets thinner. Together these changes cause your teeth to become visibly discolored through no fault of your own.

This form of staining isn’t caused by discoloration of your enamel, so treatments that can penetrate into your dentin will be required. Although whitening toothpaste won’t be sufficient, your dentist may recommend an at-home bleaching kit or professional in-office whitening treatment, as oral bleaches can remove these deeper stains.

When in doubt, see your dentist for guidance on the road to a brighter smile. He or she is trained in ensuring teeth stain removal lasts, helping you make your teeth white again and for good.

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Children’s National Dental Health Month

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Dental professionals nationwide recognize the National Children’s Dental Health month. Dentists observe this month in particular to increase awareness and promote healthy dental habits. Although largely preventable, Dental Caries (tooth decay) continues to be the most prevalent chronic disease in both children and adults.

Depending on the age of your child, you should know that there are different things that you should pay attention to, starting from whether your child has primary or permanent teeth, and whether your child is younger than the age of 3. Following these tips, you should be able to take care of your children’s teeth and make their visits to the dentist that much more pleasant.

Brush Twice A Day: The ADA recommends brushing 2 minutes 2 times per day and flossing one time per day.  It is especially important that parents supervise their children until they are of an age where they can do it properly and consistently. Toddlers especially, may resist the morning and evening dental hygiene routines, but don’t let that detour you. Thankfully, there videos, games, songs and now APPS to help make brushing time more fun.

Floss Once A Day: According to the AAPD, only 7% of children floss daily. This is in spite of the fact that flossing is one of the primary means of fighting tooth decay. Most cavities begin between the teeth, where a toothbrush simply cannot go. Flossing once a day, preferably before bed is key in fighting decay.

Avoid Sugar: Sugar feeds bacteria in your mouth and turns into acid that, when allowed to sit on the teeth for long periods, eats away at the surface of the teeth. This makes them more susceptible to cavities. Avoiding sweets and sugary drinks is one way to combat decay, but if you do allow a sweet treat, make sure to consume it in one sitting and not slowly throughout the day. If you are not able to brush right away, drinking water and even chewing sugar free gum with Xylitol will help wash away the acid from the teeth.

Eat Healthy Foods: Healthy foods are not just good for your body but also your teeth. Besides avoiding sweets, starchy foods are also ones to stay away from because those foods tend to stick to the teeth and turn into acid that decays the teeth. Dairy foods like cheese and yogurt contain calcium that helps keep your teeth strong.  Crunchy fruits and veggies like apples, carrots and celery are great healthier snacks. They are not only nutritious but also help wash away food that is stuck on the teeth.

Visit Your Family Dentist: Visiting your dentist twice a year is key to combating tooth decay. The thorough cleanings help remove plaque that regular brushing and flossing missed and the exams allow the dentist to check for any dental issues you may not have noticed.

Following these steps year round is key in fighting tooth decay and ensuring your families dental health. Allow this month of February to be a friendly reminder to review your family’s dental hygiene routines and eating habits. Make adjustments as needed and partner with your family dentist to protect your family’s smiles.

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Shield Yourself from Bacterial Infection and Gum Recession

Gum-Disease-Before-Treatment Shield Yourself from Bacterial Infection and Gum Recession

Gum (gingival) recession occurs when gums recede from the tops of the teeth enough to expose sensitive roots. People typically experience increased sensitivity to sugary or cold foods when gums no longer cover and protect teeth roots. In addition, untreated gum recession may lead to loosening of teeth and accelerated tooth decay, something we notice and advice our clients to inspect all too often.

Causes of Gum Recession

  • Periodontal disease – a serious oral disease arising from poor oral habits
  • Gingivitis – gum disease characterized by bleeding and swollen gums
  • Aging
  • Overly aggressive brushing and/or flossing – brushing hard in a scrubbing fashion will erode gum tissue at the roots of teeth
  • Genetic predisposition to gingival recession – having inherited thin, insufficient gum tissue facilitates gum recession
  • Bruxism – a condition where someone regularly grinds their teeth, usually during sleep
  • Chewing tobacco/smoking – promotes chronically dry mouth and reduced gum health

Periodontal gingivitis may also cause causing drooping of the gums instead of gum recession. A gingivectomy removes excess gum tissue weakened by bacterial decay while a gingivoplasty can reshape gums around the teeth.

If sagging or receding gums are left untreated, they may develop pockets (gaps) that provide hiding places for food particles, mucus and other mouth debris conducive to anaerobic bacteria growth. As the most destructive type of oral bacteria, anaerobic bacteria is responsible for tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and chronic halitosis.

Treatments for Gum Recession

Corrective actions need implemented as soon as possible to reverse gum recession by addressing the cause. For example, people who brush with hard-bristled toothbrushes should switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush more gently. If gum recession is the result of poor oral hygiene, improve oral hygiene habits by brushing after meals, flossing, rinsing with non-alcoholic mouthwash, and getting dental checkups and cleanings every six months.

For severe cases of gum recession, soft tissue grafts can add gum tissue to exposed roots by removing tissue from the person’s palate and attaching it to existing gums at the area of recession via laser surgery.

Lastly, visiting your dentist on a regular basis can help prevent both gingivitis and gum recession, as it can be spotted in the earliest stages, preventing the need for anything other than a regular brush and a regular checkup.

The sooner you react to the slightest of the symptoms, the sooner you can smile, knowing that you needn’t worry about anything other than your daily brushing.

 

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