Dallas Dentist Answers: Is Gum Recession a Normal Part of Aging?
Gum recession refers to the separation of your gums and teeth. The condition can often spell danger, and can be caused by a number of different oral health issues. However, it is also a natural part of the aging process. While it is normal, receding gums can still pose a threat to your oral health, and steps should be taken to protect your teeth and gums from the damage of separation. Dallas dentist Dr. Brock Lynn explains the dangers of receding gums and how you can help prevent the resulting complications.
When Gums Retreat
Gum recession and gum disease go hand in hand in a number of ways. Gum disease begins with the accumulation of bacterial plaque, which can gather on your teeth around your gumline and sometimes accumulate just underneath your gums. The bacteria in plaque release toxins that aggravate your gums, causing them to pull away and create small pockets between your gums and teeth where bacteria can collect and continue churning out acids and toxins. As the disease progresses, the infection continues down through your gums to destroy the connective tissue and supporting jawbone. Conversely, if gum recession occurs for a different reason (such as aging, irritation from acidic foods, or tooth grinding, to name a few), the pockets that are created can still harbor bacteria that can incite the onset of gum disease. This two-way street makes gum recession dangerous even when it occurs naturally.
Addressing Gum Recession
Although gum disease is one of the most destructive oral health issues to be wary of, the steps to preventing it are relatively simple. Because the disease begins with bacterial accumulation, you should focus on preventing bacteria from doing their dirty work. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day can help control bacterial plaque buildup, and visiting your Dallas dentist’s office at least once every six months will allow Dr. Lynn to inspect your mouth for early signs of disease. The quicker you seek treatment for gum disease, the less damage it can cause. If your gums recede and Dr. Lynn determines there is no gum disease present, he may recommend a root scaling and planing procedure to remove plaque and tartar from under your gumline and smooth the tooth roots to prevent plaque from gaining a hold. To learn more, or to speak with Dr. Lynn about your gum recession, contact your Dallas dentist by calling Lynn Dental Care at 972-934-1400. Located in the 75240 area, we proudly serve patients from Dallas, Highland Park, Park Cities, and all surrounding communities.