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Gum Recession: When To Worry Marietta, GA

Gum Recession: When To Worry

Have you noticed that your teeth look longer than they used to? Are you suffering from worsening tooth sensitivity? Receding gums may be the culprit. While there are many harmless causes to gum recession, it always needs to be addressed with your dentist. Your gums represent the foundational support system for your teeth. If they recede or pull away from the tooth root, your teeth can lose stability. Depending on the reason for your gum recession and the severity of your condition, there are varying levels of treatment. As with most any oral health condition, the earlier that it is addressed, the more conservatively it can be treated.

Here are some possible reasons that your gums are receding:

Too hard or overly aggressive brushing. You may think you are doing a better job at cleaning your teeth by using more force. However, scrubbing instead of brushing can do more harm than good. Plaque can be effectively removed with a soft-bristled brush and gentle, yet thorough brushing.

Genetics. Just like the rest of your body, the traits of your gums can be genetic. If your parents suffered from gum recession, there’s a greater chance you will too. In such cases, talk to your dentist about a preventative approach.

Misalignment. If your teeth are in not proper position, the natural support system between your gums and your teeth can be disrupted and gum recession can develop.

Teeth Grinding. Bruxism or nighttime teeth grinding can be an unsuspecting culprit to gum recession. This is a habit that can bring a number of consequences to your dental health. However, if teeth grinding is causing your gums to recede, it can be treated easily and comfortably with a custom mouth guard.

Trauma. If you have suffered from a mouth or tooth injury, the surrounding gum tissue may also be affected and cause recession.

Gum Disease. Last but certainly not least, receding gums can be a telltale sign of gum disease or periodontitis. This is brought on by poor oral hygiene habits that allow plaque and bacteria to build up beneath the gum line, causing destruction within these soft tissues. If gum disease is the cause of your gum recession, it needs to be treated immediately before serious consequences result. Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss as well as impact your overall health.

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we offer a full menu of options to treat gum recession, whether it is more of a cosmetic issue or a warning sign of serious gum disease. Depending on your unique situation, gum recession can be treated by simply changing your brushing habits or coming in for a deep cleaning. In more severe cases, gum grafting can be used to restore the gums to an appropriate height. Don’t ignore your receding gums!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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