Understanding the Function of the Gums and the Dangers of Gum Recession

 Azarko Marketing  Friday, June 23, 2017

When most people think of oral health they think solely about the health of their teeth. At Azarko Dental Group we make sure our patients also understand that the health of their gums is very important to their oral health as well. The gums serve a crucial function in the mouth, and not taking proper care of them can cause gum recession. Our Edmonton dentists are always on the lookout for early signs of gum recession, as gum recession can lead to tooth loss.

What Do the Gums Do?

The main role of your gums is to hold your teeth in place. The pink flesh of the gums contains connective tissue fibres which help to anchor your teeth to your jawbone, allowing your teeth to bite and clench without shifting around. On top of anchoring the teeth in place, your gums also provide a seal of protection from bacteria.

At an Edmonton dental clinic your dentist will check for signs that your gums are healthy and strong. They will be looking to see that your gums fit tightly around the base of each of your teeth. They will let you know if your gums are showing early signs of gum recession, or if your gum recession is progressed and requires treatment.

How Does Gum Recession Lead to Tooth Loss?

How does an Edmonton dentist identify severe gum recession which may lead to tooth loss? Well, when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth begins to pull away, it can begin to expose tooth roots. If gum recession progresses to this point, the gums may begin to develop pockets in which bacteria can easily build up. If left untreated, this bacteria will eventually damage the supporting bone and tissue structures which hold the teeth in place, causing the teeth to fall out.

The main cause of gum recession is periodontal disease, which generally occurs because of poor oral hygiene habits. Some people are more genetically predisposed to developing periodontal disease and gum recession than others. Your Edmonton dentist may also let you know that your gum recession is due in part by brushing too aggressively. It is important to brush firmly, but not in a way that damages the gums.

How to Keep Your Gums Healthy

Even if you are genetically predisposed to gum disease, it is possible to take good care of your gums and prevent tooth loss caused by gum recession. On top of brushing and flossing your teeth at home, you need to make sure that you are regularly visiting your Edmonton dental clinic for a professional teeth cleaning. A deep cleaning can help to entirely reverse mild gum recession.

If you would like some more pointers on how to take better care of your gums, or if you are worried about gum recession, then don't hesitate to contact the Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dental clinic today.

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14938 Stony Plain Rd.

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