May 4, 2016

There are a few causes that contribute to gum recession, and thankfully there are also preventative measures and treatments that can be applied. Whether you or a loved one is dealing with this disorder, check out a few key facts that you should know about gum recession and preventative methods.

Causes of Gum Recession

Gum recession occurs when the jaw bone that supports the gum tissue withdraws. The tissue needs the support of the bone, therefore, it draws back, or recedes with the bone. There are four main contributors to gum recession:

  1. advanced gum disease or periodontal disease
  2. grinding or clenching the teeth, also called bruxism
  3. trauma to the jaw or mouth
  4. genetics

Understanding the Bone

The jaw bone surrounds all sides of your teeth. When the jaw bone tissue on the outer side, also known as the facial side, is or becomes thin, individuals become more susceptible to recession of the gums. For some people this occurs naturally. In fact, it has been found that some individuals do not have the outside layer of bone tissue at all.

Prevention and Treatment

The best place to start in prevention methods is to make sure that your oral hygiene practices are up to par. Knowing how to properly brush your teeth to reduce gum disease, the best way to floss and even the order in which you perform your oral hygiene routine are all important elements.

As with any bone, the proper exercise and nutrients are critical. Try to give your jaw a “work out” by chewing on healthy snacks and foods, such as an organic jerky. There are also different vitamins that can help strengthen your bones:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • And more

Along with preventative methods, some dentists are able to perform correctional procedures such as the Pinhole Surgical Technique® that bring the receded gum back to a normal height. Doctors such as Dr. Thomas McCawely and Dr. Mark McCawely specialize in such treatment for gum recession in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Contact the offices today to learn how we can help you revitalize your smile.



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