Receding Gums

The word “receding” is often associated with inevitably getting older. For example, a receding hairline is often associated with maturity. As we become more weathered over the years, you might notice that your gums also start to recede. Is this an inescapable fact of life, or is there proven periodontic treatment for this common condition?

At BLVD Dental near West Hollywood, Dr. Daniel Adelpour believes that catching gum recession early is the best advantage for treating it with conservative treatment. If ignored, gum recession tends to worsen over time.

What are receding gums?

Similar to how you only see the top part of an iceberg, we only see one-third of a healthy tooth. The tooth root is the bottom two-thirds of the tooth and is normally buried beneath in bone. While the primary role of a tooth root is to anchor the tooth in place, it also houses nerves. As your gums begin to pull away from the teeth, this action exposes the super sensitive dental nerves.

Warning Signs that You Need to Take Special Care for Your Gums

At BLVD Dental, we believe that prevention is better than symptom management. Often, our bodies tell us that our gums are starting to recede before it officially happens. Some warning signs of receding gums include gums that are swollen, red, or bleeding. If you notice that your gums are starting to turn for the worse, schedule an appointment with Dr. Adelpour as soon as possible.

Signs that You Might Have a Receding Gum Line

Do your teeth appear longer than usual? If so, it’s likely that you are experiencing receding gums. While people might notice gums receding as they mature, it’s often due to how you treat your smile. Here are a few reasons why you might be dealing with receding gums:

  • Genetics
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Aggressive flossing or brushing
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Gum injury

Even if gum recession has become your new normal, it’s anything but—receding gums can quickly lead to sensitivity and discomfort.

Receding Gums Treatment Expectations

Despite the root cause of your gum recession, there are multiple ways to treat it. Treatment for receding gums is primarily based on the status of your gums. If your gums are otherwise healthy, our BLVD Dental team might suggest:

  •  Switching to a softer toothbrush
  • Applying composite resin to cover exposed tooth roots

If our team finds gum disease, we might suggest a more in-depth cleaning known as scaling and root planing.

Restore Gum Health Right Now

If you’re concerned about receding gums or gum health, our near Beverly Hills dentist can provide ways to manage your gum health to promote overall wellness and appearance. Get in touch with our BLVD Dental team by calling 310-620-8060 or messaging us online.

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