Long In The Tooth? Blame Your Brush!
Most people believe that the longer and harder they brush their teeth, the better. While it is important to brush your teeth thoroughly and regularly every single day, it is also important that you don’t OVER brush your teeth, as it may cause the gums to recede.
As people get older, their gums may recede, making the teeth appear very long. Recession may also occur due to abrasive brushing, clenching and grinding the teeth, and improper tooth position. Gum recession often results in root sensitivity, a cosmetically compromised appearance of the smile, caries, bone loss, and if bad enough, eventually tooth loss!
To treat gingival recession, a connective tissue graft may be the best option. The procedure covers the exposed root with tissue that is taken from other areas of the mouth, or often artificial gingival tissue such as Alloderm. This will help alleviate the tooth sensitivity and provide a cosmetically enhanced smile. Gum tissue will soon regenerate back to its original level.
Dr. Joe Nemeth has been treating gingival recession for over 25 years now. As Detroit’s leading periodontist, he has experience treating various different periodontal problems. For an appointment with Dr. Nemeth, please contact Joseph R. Nemeth DDS & Associates at 248-357-3100.
To help prevent recession at home, the best thing to do is practice proper brushing. It is important to use a soft brush and gently brush the outer tooth surfaces at a 45 degree angle using a vibrating back and forth rolling motion. Remember not to “saw” away at your teeth and gums; gently but thorough is best!