You’re brushing your teeth, and you’re a bit startled by what you happen to see in the mirror. Your mouth looks different than it used to: Your teeth look a bit longer, and your gums appear inflamed. These are signs that your gums are starting to recede.
There could be a few reasons for this, such as poor oral hygiene and genetics. Unfortunately, you can’t replace lost gum tissue. But when you catch gum loss early, you can slow down or even halt the process.
Lana Rozenberg, DDS, and her team at Rozenberg Dental NYC help patients every day who are in your situation. We offer a few things you can do about your receding gumline.
One way to keep your gums from receding is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes flossing regularly and brushing gently. You should also visit us at Rozenberg Dental NYC twice a year for cleaning.
Buy a high-quality toothbrush and replace it or the bristles every month. An old, worn brush head can damage your gums. You should also use a gentle toothpaste. Especially avoid anything designed for tartar control, as they tend to be gritty and too abrasive for your sensitive gums.
If you notice that your gums have already receded, then you’ll want to book a visit with our office right away. Dr. Rozenberg inspects your teeth and gums for signs of bacteria in the crevices created by receding gums.
If there are bacteria present, then you may need pinhole gum treatment. Dr. Rozenberg uses a small, pin-like tool to create a pinhole in your gums and slide the gums over the tooth roots. She then secures your gums by placing a collagen strip underneath.
Dr. Rozenberg may additionally perform scaling and root planning on your gums. This procedure, commonly performed with a handheld device, scrapes tartar from your gumline, and from under the gumline as well. Dr. Rozenberg may also use an ultrasonic device that sends out waves to break up the tartar.
In some cases, Dr. Rozenberg applies a slow-release antibacterial gel under the gumline. Taking these steps can slow down or even halt the receding of your gums. Though to maintain these results, of course, you need to follow good oral hygiene.
A bonding procedure requires placing gum-colored resin over your affected tooth roots. This hides the look of receding gums and protects your teeth and sensitive roots.
If you see your gums receding, it’s best to take action now. The sooner your receding gums are addressed, the less likely you’ll need aggressive treatments.
Dr. Rozenberg and the team at Rozenberg Dental NYC can help you to restore your healthy and happy gums. Give us a call at 212-265-7724, send us a message here on our website, or use the Book Online button to set up your appointment to have your gums evaluated and treated.