Receding gums may mean you need treatment for gum disease in our office near Antioch
In the past, a person may have been called "long in the tooth" as he or she reached mid-life and beyond. There was good reason for this, as the term describes the change in one's smile when gum tissue recedes. In previous eras, it may have been unlikely that receding gums could be avoided. Today, your dentist is armed with information and skill that can help you maintain healthy gums for life.
Gum recession is a problem that millions of people face. Changes may occur in the delicate tissues that support our teeth for a number of reasons. Fortunately, your dentist can help you prevent most:
- Brushing aggressively may seem a suitable way to successfully clean teeth. The problem with this practice is that abrasions may occur to the gums, leading to damage and recession. Dr. Alkhoury and our friendly hygienist work with patients to avoid further abrasions by demonstrating gentle yet effective brushing and flossing techniques.
- Often, receding gums may indicate treatment for gum disease is needed. In our office near Antioch, we carefully monitor patients for gum disease so that any infection can be found early, when the disease process can be halted and corrected with conservative treatments. At Brentwood Family Dental, we offer patients gentle, effective treatments for gum disease based on the extent of damage and infection.
Gum disease is a problem that millions of people are affected by without their knowledge, and is one of the leading causes of gum recession. If you notice that your teeth appear longer than they once were, we encourage you to contact our office for your visit with our friendly, experienced dental team. If gum disease is discovered, we act quickly to remove harmful bacteria.
Deep cleanings are gently performed by an experienced hygienist. The process includes the removal of hardened plaque around affected teeth, and the smoothing out of root surfaces that have been roughed up by this substance. Depending on the degree of gum disease, a deep cleaning may be followed by antibiotic or antimicrobial treatment.
Your smile does not have to be affected by receding gums. Contact us for the preventive or restorative care that will get you back to your best oral health.
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