Why You Should Care About Receding Gums: A Quick Guide

Receding Gums A Quick Guide

Receding gums is a common dental issue from which most of the people suffer. The problem with receding gums is that most often they go unnoticed until it becomes a serious problem. This dental issue is not something that arises all of a sudden. 

Gums recede over time and this mostly happens because patients do not put in much effort to maintain their gum health. If you leave receding gums untreated for a prolonged time, you might end up experiencing tooth sensitivity, decay, and even tooth loss. 

In this guide, we will teach you how to detect the onset of receding gums and how to become proactive in maintaining your gum health.

What Are Receding Gums?

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away or pulls back. Gum recession exposes more of the tooth or its roots and can also create gaps between the teeth and your gum line. When this happens, it becomes easier for the bacteria to build up and cause further dental issues.

Causes of Receding Gums 

Let’s explore a few causes of receding gums.

1. Gum Disease (Periodontitis)

Periodontitis is one of the primary causes of receding gums. It is also known as gum disease and is categorised as a bacterial infection. This bacterial infection destroys gum tissue and the bone supporting your teeth. If you do not get it treated immediately, you might experience severe gum recession or tooth loss.

2. Aggressive Brushing Or Flossing

Undoubtedly, maintaining good oral health is very crucial. However, if you brush or floss too hard, you might end up damaging the delicate gum tissue. Aggressive brushing over some time can cause the gums to recede and lead to the exposure of the roots of the teeth.

3. Poor Oral Hygiene

Poor oral hygiene is yet another reason for the receding gum lines. Neglecting oral hygiene can lead to plaque buildup over time. This plaque can turn into tartar if left unremoved.

4. Tobacco Use

Research evidence suggests that smoking or chewing tobacco can lead to the risk of problems such as teeth and bone loss and gingival recession. Tobacco users are prone to having a sticky plaque on their teeth which can often be difficult to remove.

5. Misaligned Teeth Or Bite

Misaligned teeth or bites can put excessive force on the gums and bones. They can eventually cause gum recession. Misaligned teeth can also create an uneven pressure when you bite or chew the food. It leads to the gums pulling back from the teeth.

6. Genetics

Genetics are also responsible for playing a role in gum health. If you have a family history of gum disease, you are more susceptible to experiencing receding gum lines. Genetic factors can also influence how your gum tissues respond to bacteria and other irritants.

Symptoms Of Receding Gums

Noticing the symptoms of receding gums can help you identify the issue in the initial stage. Early intervention allows you to seek professional dental help on time and prevent any further dental problems. 

You might be suffering from receding gums if you witness one of the below-mentioned symptoms.

1. Spaces Or Gaps Between Teeth

One of the early signs of gum recession is the appearance of spaces or gaps between your teeth. When the gum tissue starts receding, it can explore more of your tooth. You can see noticeable gaps and receding gum lines that were not there before.

2. Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums, especially during brushing or flossing, can indicate gum disease. Dentists advise against ignoring the persistent bleeding as it is related to the initial receding gum stages.

3. Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, is also a symptom of this dental issue. The exposed tooth roots and gaps created by receding gums can harbour bacteria which can lead to chronic bad breath.

4. Red, Swollen, Or Tender Gums

Inflamed gums that are red, swollen, or tender to the touch are a clear indication of gum disease and gum recession. Healthy gums are firm and pale pink. So, if you see any changes in the colour or texture of your gums, you should visit the dentist in sunshine coast immediately.

Treatment For Gum Recession

Paying attention to gum recession in the early stages is very important. As mentioned, if you leave it neglected, your health can suffer from further damage. Let’s take a look at how to stop gum recession or receding gums.

1. Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleaning will help in removing plaque and tartar from your teeth that might lead to gum recession. Cleaning your teeth regularly can prevent the progression of receding gums and keep your mouth free from plaque and tartar buildup.

2. Improving Oral Hygiene Practices

It is important to brush and floss your teeth properly to prevent and manage the signs of gum recession. You must use a soft-bristled toothbrush and give gentle strokes to avoid aggravating your gums. If you incorporate these habits into your daily routine, you can stop gum recession effectively.

3. Receding Gums Surgery

If the receding gum line reaches an advanced stage, you might require surgery. The dentist might perform the gum grafting surgery to cover exposed roots, reduce the sensitivity in the teeth, and restore your gum line.

4. Lifestyle Modifications

Quitting tobacco and eating a balanced diet can also impact your gum health for good. You should also manage stress to prevent further recession.

5. Orthodontic Treatment

If misaligned teeth or an improper bite are contributing to your gum recession, orthodontic treatment can help. You can get braces or clear aligners to correct these issues to reduce uneven pressure on the gums.

Conclusion 

Receding gums can lead to serious dental issues if you leave them untreated. Understanding the causes and symptoms of this dental issue will allow you to protect your gum line from receding. You should also take proactive steps to maintain and protect your oral health. For professional care and advice, schedule an appointment with Oris Dental today!

FAQs

Q) How to treat receding gums naturally at home?

Ans: To treat receding gums naturally, you should maintain good oral hygiene. Start by brushing gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and using a fluoride toothpaste. You must also use a natural mouthwash, such as one containing aloe vera or green tea.

Q) How Is the Gum Recession Treated?

Ans: Gum recession is treated through a combination of professional dental cleanings. You can treat the gum recession in its initial stages by improving oral hygiene practices and bringing in some lifestyle modifications. In more severe cases, receding gums surgery may be necessary to restore the gum line. 

Q) What Type of Surgery Is Used to Treat Gum Recession?

Ans: The most common surgery for treating gum recession is a gum graft. This procedure involves taking tissue from another part of the mouth, or using donor tissue, and attaching it to the affected area. It helps in covering exposed roots and restoring the gum line.

Q) How Can I Prevent the Gum Recession?

Ans: Preventing gum recession involves maintaining excellent oral hygiene. You should also schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Besides, avoiding tobacco use and eating a balanced diet can also help you prevent gum recession.

Q) How to fix receding gums?

Ans: Fixing receding gums typically starts with professional dental care to remove plaque and tartar. Improved oral hygiene and lifestyle changes are crucial. In advanced cases, surgical options like gum grafts may be necessary.

Q) How to reverse the gum recession?

Ans: To reverse gum recession, focus on gentle oral care practices and regular dental visits. You can opt for professional treatments, such as scaling and root planing. These treatments can remove harmful bacteria and plaque from below the gum line.

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi - Dentist at Oris Dental

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

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Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

Adarsh (Principal Dentist)

Adarsh

Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)

Prachi

Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)

Davina

Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!

 

Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.

    Briar

    Briar

    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.

    Drew

    Drew

    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.

    Jasmine

    Jasmine

    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!

    Brooke

    Brooke

    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.

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