May 3, 2016

Gum disease effects millions of people every year. It is estimated that nearly half of Americans, in fact, will develop it in their lifetime. There are preventive measures you may take to ward off its development, but the most effective way to avoid it is to schedule annual periodontal examinations. A receding gum line is one of the first symptoms Dr. Joe Gaspari will check for. This often correlates to periodontal disease, though its cause could more accurately be attributed to the demineralization of patient’s jaw bone. Understanding the root cause of gum recession can help you fight it, so consider the following facts.

Jaw Demineralization

Gums are prone to receding when the bone underneath begins growing thinner. As it withdraws, so do gums, but there are ways to prevent this. Gum disease is one common reason this may happen, but to say it is the sole cause of gum recession is an oversimplification. Periodontal disease does, however, infect the tissues surrounding the bone in your mouth and diminish it over time. There are several other causes of demineralization that can contribute to recession, including:

  • Genetics: Some patients with thinner bones may be more prone to gradual bone loss. Though this cannot be changed, these people can still take preventive measures.
  • Trauma: Any traumatic force applied to your mouth area can damage your bones and cause demineralization. Recovery can provide some restoration, but they will likely still be more susceptible to damage.
  • Bruxism: If you grind or clench teeth, the pressure can wear on your mouth’s bones and lead to losses. This also wears directly on your teeth and weakens them gradually.


Treatment Options for Receding Gum Lines

Though there are certain risk factors which may make you vulnerable to demineralization and gum recession in Bethlehem, PA, there are also treatment options that can restore your oral health. Dr. Gaspari offers the innovative Pinhole Surgical Technique® to minimize the impact of treatment. To arrange an appointment, call us at (484) 821-2974.



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