My Gums are Receding: Now What?

Receding gums are one of the more serious results of gum disease that we see and treat at DC Smiles, our holistic and integrative dentistry practice with offices in Alexandria, Va. and Washington, D.C.

Seriously receding gums may only improve with an oral surgery technique known as gum grafting. Gum grafting also might be performed for patients who are experiencing an emergency dental trauma.

Similar to bone grafting, during oral surgery in which the doctor performs a gum graft, he uses tissue, often from another location inside the mouth, to suture an unhealthy area of the gum line, which will promote the growth of healthy, new tissue.

But long before gums begin to pull away from the teeth, patients who are at risk of receding gums will notice other signs of gingivitis or periodontitis that should serve as a red flag.

The most common signs of gingivitis and periodontitis, or gum disease, include:

  • Sore, swollen, irritated gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Chronic bad breath

The main cause of the gingivitis that leads to periodonitis (and subsequent receding gums) is plaque buildup. The best defense against plague build-up is a regular dental hygiene routine punctuated by daily brushing and flossing.

About 15 percent of young adults and 30 percent of older adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

If you have questions about holistic dentistry, oral surgery, gum grafting or any other cosmetic or restorative dentistry treatments, please contact DC Smiles for an appointment with Dr. Lawrence Singer. You can reach our dentistry practice online or call us directly at (703) 299-4614 in Alexandria or (202) 455-4920 in Washington, D.C.

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