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The Consequences Of Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard

Friday, July 1st, 2016
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While frequent tooth brushing breaks down plaque and gets rid of bacteria, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. You should be brushing your teeth every morning and night to reduce tartar build up, toothbrush abrasion is a serious dental concern that leads to sensitive teeth and receding gums. When your gum line recedes, the roots of your teeth are exposed. They are sensitive and prone to infection when left unprotected. Rough brushing wears down the enamel of the teeth, as well,  which makes them more vulnerable to decay. In this week’s blog we’ll take a look at the major consequences of brushing your teeth too hard, and explore proper techniques to get your oral health back on track.

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The What and Why of Receding Gums :: Catonsville Dental Care

Friday, December 27th, 2013

When the gum tissue begins to pull away from the tooth, exposing more of each tooth or even the root, this is what is referred to as receding gums. And while this may not seem like the end of the world, gum recession is actually a very serious condition and one of the first warning signs of gum disease. And if left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged, which could result in tooth loss.

What Causes Gums to Recede?

Receding gums can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Periodontal Disease: This bacterial gum infection destroys gum tissue and the supporting bone that holds teeth in their place.
  • Brushing your Teeth: Wait, what? Yup, sometimes brushing your teeth can be a bad thing…but only if you are doing it improperly. If you brush your teeth too vigorously or improperly, it can actually wear away the tooth enamel and cause your gums to recede.
  • Genes: Studies show that 30% of the population may be predisposed to gum disease.
  • Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in one’s hormones can make the gums increasingly sensitive and more vulnerable to gum recession.
  • Smoking: Tobacco products lead to a buildup of plaque, which can cause gum recession.
  • Grinding your Teeth: This can put a lot of force on the teeth, causing the gums to recede.
  • Misaligned Teeth: Similar to grinding your teeth, when teeth do not properly align, excess pressure can be placed on the gums and bones, resulting in receding gums.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: The best way to ensure that you are doing everything you can to keep your teeth healthy is to visit the dentist regularly. We recommend every 6 months.

How are Receding Gums Treated?

  • Mild Gum Recession: If not too severe, your dentist may be able to treat your receding gums by deep cleaning the affected area. Sometimes, antibiotics are used in conjunction with deep cleaning to treat any remaining bacteria.
  • Severe Gum Recession: If too severe for deep cleaning to have any effect, gum surgery may be required.

How can One Prevent Receding Gums?

  1. Take good care of your teeth and mouth.
  2. Brush and floss regularly.
  3. Quit smoking.
  4. Eat healthy.
  5. Pay close attention to your oral health and changes in your mouth.
  6. Visit your dentist at least twice a year.

If you have any questions about Receding Gums, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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The Ins and Outs of Receding Gums explained by your Catonsville Dentist

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

When the gum tissue surrounding your teeth begins to wear away or pull away from the teeth, exposing more of the tooth or even the root, this is known as receding gums. As a result, pockets or gaps form between the teeth and gum line. These pockets harbor disease-causing bacteria and, if left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged.

Symptoms of Receding Gums

  1. Tooth sensitivity
  2. Tooth appears longer than normal
  3. A notch can often be felt along the gum line

Receding gums are one of the first warning signs of Gum Disease. But don’t freak out; receding gums are common. However, it is also something that shouldn’t be ignored. If you feel you have receding gums, schedule an appointment with your dentist at your earliest convenience. There are treatments that can repair the gum and prevent further damage.

Treating Receding Gums

  1. Mild Receding Gums: Mild receding gums can often be treated by deep cleaning the affected area, removing plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and root surface below the gum line.
  2. Severe Receding Gums: If deep cleaning is not an option because of excess loss of bone and pockets that are too deep, gum surgery may be your only option.
  3. Prevention: The easiest way to treat receding gums is to prevent receding gums…

Preventing Receding Gums

  1. Good oral health
  2. Brush twice a day and floss daily
  3. See your dentist regularly
  4. Eat a well-balanced diet
  5. Quit smoking (if applicable)

If you have any questions about Receding Gums or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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Sources:

  1. Receding Gums WebMD
  2. American Academy of Periodontology: “Causes of Gum Disease,” “Types of Gum Disease,” “Periodontal Diseases,” “Periodontal Surgery: What Can I Expect?”
  3. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health: “Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.”
  4. Web Dental Office: “Gum Recession.”