Your gums are receding faster than a University of Colorado running back sprints down the sidelines, and you want to know why. You’ve been told by people that it’s nothing to worry about, but you know better. There shouldn’t be this sudden change. Your dentist in Colorado Springs has answers for your questions and solutions to fix this problem.
What Causes Receding Gums?
There are a few things that cause your gums to recede.
- Brushing or Flossing Too Aggressively – Your gums are soft and sensitive, so it’s best to use a soft toothbrush. Also, be gentle when brushing and flossing. And remember that over-aggression can irritate your gums.
- Genetics – Like the rest of your body, your gums carry a genetic footprint. Therefore, if it’s in your family history to have receding gums, your dentist needs to know.
- Misaligned Teeth – If your teeth are not aligned correctly, then gum recession can easily occur.
- Grinding Your Teeth – Along with gum recession, this causes several dental problems, including excess wear on tooth enamel. See your dentist to develop a plan of action.
- Trauma to Gums – Your gums aren’t guaranteed to heal after direct trauma to them, which can lead to recession. Speak with your dentist to form a plan to address this.
- Poor Oral Health – Failing to practice good oral health can lead to gum recession. This can also contribute to gum disease.
The Chao Pinhole Surgery – A Remedy for Receding Gums
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is a corrective procedure to fix recessive gums. It is a minimally invasive approach that doesn’t involve the use of scalpel and suture. This process is also unique in that it requires no grafting.
During the PST, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gum line to cover the exposed root structure.
What is Good Oral Health Care?
A major way to prevent receding gums is to practice good oral health care. This involves brushing your teeth and flossing, in a gentle fashion, at least two times a day. The final piece to the puzzle is to visit your dentist every six months for cleanings and examinations.
By keeping all if this in mind and acting on what you know, you’ll be sure to have healthy teeth and gums for years to come.
About the Author
Earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 1982, Dr. Ken Gasper instructs other dentists in modern functional orthodontic techniques, facial growth and development, and the treatment for TMJ disorders. He also continues to participate in countless hours of continuing education, lectures, and hands-on-courses in the latest dental advances and technologies. He practices at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design and can be reached for more information through his website.