Healthy gums are the foundation for healthy teeth. They are made of connective tissue and are meant to house and protect the roots of your teeth. Without gums, your teeth would be vulnerable to rapid decay. If your gums are infected, this could be the beginning of more serious complications for your oral health. Having great oral hygiene doesn’t just mean keeping your teeth clean; it also means keeping your gums clean. So are gums able to grow back if damaged?
Caring for Your Gums
A major reason why it’s necessary to maintain clean, healthy gums is because your gums don’t regenerate once they’ve receded. Brush your teeth gently (and use a soft-bristled toothbrush) so that you don’t cause any harm to your gums. Just like your teeth, your gums can harbor harmful plaque and bacteria, especially below the gum line. This is why flossing is so important. It can gently remove bacteria from under the gum line. Not flossing can lead to inflamed, infected, and painful gums, which are early signs of gum disease. When left untreated, early-stage gum disease can develop into advanced periodontitis, and bacteria can grow all the way down into the roots of your teeth, eventually resulting in tooth loss if severe enough.
How Do I Know if My Gums Are Receding?
It may seem hard to tell if your gums are receding but there are a couple of things you can look out for. For one, you can simply see if it seems like your teeth look longer than normal. Another way is to feel your teeth to see if there is a notch where the gumline used to be. If you have receding gums, your teeth may feel more sensitive hot or cold foods.
During your dental check-up, your dentist will perform a thorough analysis of your gums, making notes of when your gums look inflamed or receded. Depending on the condition of your gums, your dentist may recommend a surgical gum grafter or another treatment to restore receding gums.
Gum disease is far too common, and it is easily preventable with diligent daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings. At Lynn Creek Dental Care, we provide deep cleanings and periodontal treatments to make sure your gums are in top-notch shape. Schedule an appointment at our dental office today!