December 9, 2021
Gum disease is a common issues that affects nearly half of Americans over the age of 30. One of the common symptoms of gum disease is the recession of the gum tissue. The good news is that gum disease is easy to prevent and can be eliminated through gum disease therapy, but will your smile every be the same? Will your receded gums grow back? Continue reading to learn more about gum recession and what you can do to ward off gum disease.
Is Gum Recession Reversible?
It is impossible for your gums to grow back and return to their normal state without surgical intervention, like a gum graft, once they have receded. Fortunately, if you have experience gum recession, you can prevent this issue from getting worse. By seeing your dentist and undergoing periodontal disease therapy, you can maintain the gumline you have now. The earlier that you’re able to catch gum disease and get the treatment you need, the more likely that you are to restore the health of your smile.
How Do You Prevent Gum Disease?
There are all sorts of steps you can take to prevent the onset and progression of periodontal disease. Here are a few tips to keep your smile healthy and reduce your risk of gum recession in the future:
- Brush Twice Daily: Brush your teeth twice daily to remove food particles and plaque that linger in your mouth.
- Floss Every Day: Brushing isn’t enough on its own. Use dental floss to help clear away food particles, plaque, and bacteria from between the teeth and beneath the gumline.
- Use Mouthwash: By rinsing with a mouthwash, you can reduce plaque and rinse away food particles in the mouth that you missed after brushing and flossing.
- Risk Analysis: Some people are at higher risk of gum disease than others. By considering things like age, smoking habits, diet, and genetics, as well as being extra diligent about your oral hygiene.
- Don’t Smoke: Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease. It’s also linked to oral cancer as well as many other health issues. Talk to your dentist, friends, and family about the best ways that you can quit for good.
- See Your Dentist: When gum disease is discovered early on, steps can be taken to reverse the condition. See your dentist every six months for regular cleanings and checkups.
Gum recession cannot be reversed, but it can be prevented. By using the tips listed above, you can keep your smile healthy!
About the Author
Dr. James M. Peery is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for more than four decades. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Medical College of Virginia. He is a former President of the Lynchburg Dental Society as well as a current member of the American Dental Association and the local Rotary Club. If you are suffering from gum disease, Dr. Peery would be happy to help. To learn more about gum disease treatment or to schedule an appointment at his office in Lynchburg, visit his website or call (434) 847-5331.
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