Do your teeth seem longer than they used to? Does it look as if your gums are further down in your mouth than they used to be? You could be suffering from gum recession. Receding gums is a serious situation that can eventually lead to missing teeth and jaw bone loss. It is important to know what causes it so you can prevent further recession.
Gum disease is the leading cause of receding gums. It is often caused by a lack of proper oral hygiene or because of a genetic predisposition to the disease. Brushing and flossing regular can prevent it, but once you have gum disease, you must receive treatment form a periodontist to prevent further issues.
Bruxism is the official term for cleaning or grinding your teeth. Some people do this during the day when they are stressed out or concentrating very hard, but recent studies have shown that grinding and clenching your teeth is actually more closely related to mild sleep apnea, a disorder that prevents you from breathing properly while you sleep and causes more serious issues if left untreated.
Trauma to the Mouth
Of course nobody wants to have an accident involving their teeth or gums, but sometimes it happens. If you have had unexpected trauma to the mouth that resulted in broken teeth or bleeding gums, you should see our periodontist, Dr. Allen Huang, right away. Treatment can prevent more serious issues down the line.
Some people who suffer from gum recession do so simply because it is in their genes. Just like some families have people with thinner or thicker hair, your skull, including your jaw bone, could be thinner than is optimal simply because that is how your body is made.
If you suspect you are suffering from gum recession in Las Vegas, NV, schedule an appointment with Dr. Huang by calling 844-801-3177. We can help you prevent further recession.