If you’re a victim of receding gums, you may be unhappy with the appearance of your teeth. Receding gums can make your teeth look unhealthy and crooked. It can create unfortunate gaps in your smile. You may also be unhappy about sensitivity related to receding gums. Pain when eating, drinking, or even breathing cold air can make life unpleasant.

So it’s understandable that you might be in a hurry to correct your receding gums. But before we do, we want to make sure that we’ve taken care of the reason why your gums started receding in the first place. Otherwise, your results won’t last.

Address Causes of Receding Gums Before Treating

Gum Disease Must Be Treated

Gum disease is the most common cause of receding gums, and the one that absolutely must be treated before we treat your gums. If disease is present when you get your gums treated, you might have problems beyond receding gums. Instead, you may develop a painful and dangerous infection, not just where your gums were treated, but also at the donor site, if you have one.

And if gum disease is attacking the bones around your teeth, it must be treated to protect you from possible tooth loss.

Proper Hygiene Habits

We understand that many people are eager to avoid oral health problems. That means regular toothbrushing, flossing, and more vigorous hygiene habits. The problem is that these can sometimes do more harm than good.

Aggressive toothbrushing can damage your gums and is a very common cause of receding gums. This means both brushing too hard and brushing too often. Aggressive flossing can also cause receding gums. More likely, receding gums related to flossing affects a single area of your gums, often as a result of a traumatic slip with your floss.

Make sure you’re using appropriate hygiene equipment. Brushing with firm bristles are more likely to damage your gums. Mouthwash can also be a problem–it may contribute to your gum disease risk because it dries out your mouth. It can also irritate gum tissue and make it more vulnerable.

Damaging Lifestyle Choices

Another factor that has to be addressed before fixing receding gums is getting rid of lifestyle choices that damage your gums. Tobacco use–including both smoking and smokeless tobacco–can increase your risk of receding gums–you have to give it up.

Excessive alcohol consumption is bad for gums, so you need to get the habit under control, or quit completely if you can’t control it.

Oral piercings are also a big risk for receding gums. You might change the type of jewelry you’re wearing or stop wearing jewelry and let the piercing heal. Otherwise, your gums are likely to recede again in the same spot.

Ready to Restore Your Gums

If you’ve gotten the causes of receding gums under control and you’re ready to restore your gums, please call (949) 551-5902 today for an appointment with an Orange County cosmetic dentist at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.