Gum Recession

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease: Receding Gums

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How Gum Recession Begins

Gum recession in occurs when bacteria in the mouth begin to irritate the gums to the point where they become inflamed and detach from the teeth. When this happens, pockets are formed along the gum line that trap bacteria, causing damage to the jaw bone and exposing the tooth root. Patients suffering from periodontal disease are encouraged to contact Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche as soon as possible to prevent receding gums in Sterling, Leesburg, & Aldie VA.

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Steps To Prevent Recession

Steps suggested to prevent gum recession include:

  • Seeing your doctor for regular cleanings and checkups
  • Not smoking or using other tobacco products
  • Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet
  • Using the proper brushing techniques with a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush
  • Seeing your doctor to correct a misaligned bite or teeth grinding problems

What causes gum recession?

In addition to periodontal disease, there are several other known causes of gum recession:

  • Aggressively Brushing Teeth:
    Brushing your teeth too hard can damage gum tissue and contribute to recession.
  • Hormones:
    Women often experience large fluctuations in hormone levels during and after pregnancy which can increase the chances of periodontal disease.
  • Genetics:
    No matter how well you take care of your mouth, some people carry a genetic predisposition toward periodontal disease and gum recession.
  • Bruxism:
    Grinding or clenching teeth during sleep can place a lot of pressure on certain areas of the mouth and lead to gum recession.
  • Periodontal Disease:
    Moderate to severe gum disease causes loss of bone and tissue attachment, and is the most common cause of gum recession.

How is gum recession treated?

If gum recession in Sterling & Leesburg VA is caused by periodontal disease, you will need to have this condition treated first. Along with gum disease treatment, there are other solutions that may be recommended:


Pocket Depth Reduction

This involves folding back gum tissue so that bacteria, plaque, and tartar can be cleared from any pockets that have formed.


Tissue Regeneration

After pocket depth reduction, Dr. Kharmouche may decide to place a regenerative material in the area to stimulate regrowth of bone and soft tissue.


Soft Tissue Graft

This involves borrowing tissue from one area of the mouth and grafting in onto the affected area in order to raise the gum line to a higher level.

Since periodontal disease is often the cause of gum recession, it is important to have periodic screenings for this oral infection. To learn more about treating and preventing receding gums in Sterling, Leesburg, & Aldie, VA, contact the NOVA Perio Specialists and schedule your consultation today!

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