Help Your Gums Get a Grip

about gum disease and recessionAlthough your oral health is a complex beast, the components of your oral health (i.e., teeth, gums, tongue, etc.) are recognized by most people. What is lesser-known, however, are the various kinds of afflictions that can beset different parts of your mouth, and how to recognize their signs. As dental health experts, we know well the benefits of early detection when treating oral diseases, and today we explain one of the most ominous dental conditions—gum recession.

Link Between Gum Recession and Disease

The visible part of your teeth, called the crowns, are protected by a strong substance called tooth enamel, which is the strongest substance your body produces. The rest of your tooth’s structure, the root, is sealed and protected by your periodontal tissue, or gums (until the root reaches your jawbone, where it is embedded). Your roots are not protected by enamel, and your gums are their first and primary defense against bacteria, food debris, and other irritants. As dental plaque accumulates on your teeth and gum line, they release toxins that irritate your gums and call them to pull away from your teeth, creating small pockets where bacteria can gather and continue their destructive work unabated. If left unchecked, gum disease will continue to destroy your periodontal tissue and eventually affect your jawbone, often leading to tooth loss and the need for extensive repairs.

However, bacteria are not the only cause of gum recession, which can also occur in adulthood from years of biting, chewing, brushing, and flossing. If we spot gum recession during your routine checkup and cleaning, then we can recommend a deeper cleaning (periodontal cleaning) to ensure the space between the tissues and your teeth are clean of bacteria. Early detection and treatment may help you prevent gum disease from forming, which in turn will prevent the need for more extensive treatment later on.

ABOUT YOUR NORTH RICHLAND HILLS DENTIST:

With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-577-1444.