If you’re struggling with receding gums, you’re likely wondering what is causing them and whether they will ever grow back. Chances are they’re caused by gingivitis, or periodontitis, which both affect millions of American adults around the country. If you’re dealing with complications from gum disease, Perio Protect, the makers of The Perio Tray have a complementary treatment option that is minimally invasive and can help to treat gingivitis or periodontitis between dental visits.
Why Are My Gums Receding?
Receding gums don’t automatically mean that you have gum disease. Although gum disease is the leading cause of gum recession, there are a number of causes of gum recession, a few of which include:
- Genetics – Interesting enough, genetics can play a key role in gum recession. If your parents experienced gum recession, you could as well.
- Aggressive Flossing or Brushing – Dentists recommend that you never use a toothbrush that isn’t labeled “soft”. Also, avoid scrubbing excessively, which can lead to receding gums.
- Poor Oral Health – If you’re not properly maintaining your teeth with regular brushing and flossing habits, your gums can begin to recede due to accumulations of hardened deposits called calculus.
- Teeth Grinding – Occasionally grinding your teeth can lead to gum recession. Dentists can easily treat this condition by providing a mouth guard to use during sleep.
How to Treat Receding Gums?
Catching receding gums early can help you address the problem more effectively. Working with your dentist, you can determine the root cause of your gum recession and come up with a plan to arrest it. You may need to simply change your oral health habits or look into treatments for gum disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, depending on the severity, you’ll likely be presented with a few different treatment options. Scaling and root planing is a careful deep cleaning below the gums, while gum surgery is a more serious option that is reserved for the most advanced cases of periodontitis. Surgeries can also treat gum recession.
If gum disease is the source of the problem, you’ll need a way to keep the bacteria that cause gum disease in check. If you’re case is so advanced that surgery is needed, you’ll want a way to maintain post-surgical health so you never have to repeat the surgery. So talk with your dentist about the Perio Tray from Perio Protect, which offers a minimally invasive way of managing bacteria deep below the gums between office visits. The Perio Tray provides a way for medication to be delivered between the teeth and gums for long-term health. To learn more about Perio Protect, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team by phone at 877-434-GUMS to find a provider near you.