By now you’ve most likely have heard about the various reports detailing the statistics and ubiquity of Americans with gum disease, right? Well, if you haven’t, allow us to enlighten you. Those reports coupled many others project that at least 30% of U.S. adults are dealing with an untreated cavity. This statistic could very well be linked to the cause of why tooth loss has become a dental problem that occurs more commonly than it used to. However, did you know, cavities and gum disease are not the only things that contribute to tooth loss? Gum recession is also a large contributor.      

In time, your gums will start to pull away from your teeth, in return this will cause your tooth’s root to be exposed and create spaces between your teeth. These spaces are commonly known as “pockets” and are a breeding ground for harmful, disease-causing bacteria, this type of bacteria can ultimately lead to tooth loss. Even though the symptoms of gum recession are typically the same, the causes of gum recession are a bit more complex.  

Understanding the Causes and Methods of Prevention

Recent studies have shown at least 3 out of every 10 people are genetically inclined to developing a gum issue. For women, fluctuations in their hormones during pregnancy and menopause can also directly influence the development of this oral condition. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to escape these types of risk factors, yet there are other factors that might arise resulting from everyday habits that you can hinder or prevent. These typically include: 

  • Poor dental care

  •  An unhealthy diet

  • Teeth grinding

  • The use of tobacco products

  • Lip or tongue piercings

The very first step to initiate preventive measures towards gum recession is to better understand and educate yourself on the different preventive causes. You can reduce your mouths risk of infection and irritation by staying away from smoking and any type oral piercing. Also, following a well balanced meal plan paired with a dental hygiene routine helps to deter periodontal recession and disease. Last but not least, scheduling regular check-ups and cleanings with your dentist can help spot and treat the early stages of gum recession. 

If you incorporate these preventative practices into your daily routine and dental hygiene regimen can greatly reduce your chance of developing any form of gum and periodontal issues. On the off chance that you start to notice your teeth appearing as if they are growing in size, you should contact our offices located in Raleigh, North Carolina to arrange an appointment to speak with Dr. Naran.