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Gum Disease Affects Your Smile

Factors That Can Cause Gum Recession

Gum recession is a condition where the gums start to pull back from the roots of the teeth, which can affect the health and quality of your smile. Some of the causes of gum recession include:

  • Gum disease
  • Genetics
  • Tooth brushing routine
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Tobacco use
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Body piercings

Symptoms of Receding Gums in Oakley, CA

The symptoms of gum recession are both cosmetic and functional in nature. Patients often notice that their teeth appear longer and may have a yellow, discolored appearance on the tooth surface near the gum line. Triangular spacing between the teeth may also seem to be more apparent. When the roots become exposed, the teeth are often sensitive to hot, cold, sweet, and acidic foods and beverages. Any of these symptoms warrants an evaluation with our LANAP Certified Dentist Dr. Fard and Dr. Dary.

Symptoms of Receding Gums in Oakley, CA Do You Have Loose Teeth?

Preventing Gum Recession

Some of the ways to prevent gum recession include:

  • Treat gum disease early on
  • See us on schedule for your dental visits
  • Refrain from using tobacco products
  • Use the right tooth brushing technique
  • Correct a misaligned bite or crooked teeth
  • Avoid teeth clenching and grinding habits

About Gum Recession

Once the gums have worn away, they cannot grow back and a gum graft may be necessary to restore the gum line. We may also recommend the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) to repair receding gum tissues. Gum recession occurs gradually, so many people do not even realize there is a problem until they notice a difference in their smile.

The best method of addressing oral complications is always prevention. However, if you find that you have the signs and symptoms of gum disease or gum recession, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fard and Dr. Dary in Oakley, CA today.