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BY: Stacey Colino
“Receding gums” refers to a loss of gum tissue, which leaves you with uneven gumlines, exposed tooth roots and sensitive teeth. Although your genetic code may play a role -- especially if thin, fragile gum tissue runs in your family -- the most common causes of receding gums are overly aggressive brushing, periodontal disease (aka gum disease), extremely crowded teeth or teeth grinding. Bulimia, the eating disorder involving self-induced vomiting, can also cause gums to recede.
To manage your gum problem, practise good oral care. Use a very soft toothbrush and brush very gently. If an overcrowded mouth is to blame, you may want to talk to an orthodontist about whether some type of braces might help. If the recession stems from gum disease, controlling the progression of the gum disease can slow or stop the problem.
The usual way to repair an area that has receded, though, is with a gum graft. This requires a dentist or periodontist taking tissue from the palate of the mouth (or another source) and surgically transferring it to the receded gum area. Says Dr. Patty Chou, a Sydney-based periodontist: “Gingival grafting improves aesthetics, eliminates tooth sensitivity, protects the tooth/root surface, restores healthy gums and prevents further root exposure.”
Stacey Colino is a freelance writer who specialises in health and psychological issues. Her work has appeared in many print and online publications, including Woman’s Day, Prevention and Oral Care and Health Daily Australia.
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