If you have noticed that more of your teeth are exposed whenever you smile or your teeth are more sensitive than usual, there is a chance your gums are receding. Dr. Bradley A. Ross specializes in treating gum recession in Miami, FL, but he also likes to inform and educate his patients on their unique conditions in order that they better understand what is going on and what they can do about it. Learn more about the causes of gum recession and your treatment options.

Genetics

No matter how well you take care of your teeth, you might be genetically predisposed to periodontal disease, which is one of the causes of receding gums. Ask your parents and relatives if gum recession and other dental problems run in your family.

Periodontal Disease

As mentioned above, periodontal disease is linked to receding gums. What happens with periodontal disease is bacteria eats away at the tissue of your gums, weakening it. Take steps to prevent gum disease by practicing good oral health habits. Such habits include flossing, using an antibacterial mouthwash and visiting your dentist or periodontist.

Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard

When you do take steps to take care of your teeth, go gentle on brushing. Brushing too hard has been known to wear down the gums as well as the enamel on your teeth. If you feel your current toothpaste or toothbrush are not getting rid of the plaque on your teeth, switch to something new or ask Dr. Ross for brushing tips.

Treatment Methods

Advanced dental technology has made it easier for periodontists to treat patients with receding gums. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is a noninvasive surgery that makes it possible to manipulate gum tissue and pull it over the exposed tooth or teeth. Patients experience very little pain, and they enjoy immediate results.

Learn More

If you would like to find out more about gum recession or the pinhole surgical technique, get in touch with Dr. Ross. Relief and improved oral health are a simple procedure away.