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gum recession and aging

We’ve done plenty of articles on gum recession and the causes and prevention; however one aspect that we wanted to note is gum recession as it relates to aging.  As we get older, the everyday wear and tear of life takes a toll on our oral health. That said, it doesn’t automatically mean everyone will experience gum recession in their later years, but it is likely. In a US study published in the Journal of Periodontology by Drs. and  studies showed that gum recession (gingival recession as it’s formally known), is more common among the elderly.

Grinding your teeth, the way your brush your teeth, plaque, tobacco use and even stress can cause gum recession as you age. Some of you may have a family history of gum recession and your receding gums can be attributed to genetics alone.

The American Academy of Periodontology recommends scheduling a dental appointment when any of these symptoms appear in conjunction with receding gums. Failing to seek appropriate treatment may lead to tooth loss.

  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Mouth sores
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bite changes (teeth no longer fit together when biting)
  • Gums pulling away from the teeth
  • Loose or separating permanent teeth
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures

What can you do to lessen the likelihood of a receding gum line?

  1. Floss at least once a day.
  2. Get regular dental cleanings.
  3. Quit smoking or using tobacco if that’s a vice.
  4. Brush twice daily with a gentle, circular motion using a soft bristled brush. Don’t cross brush across the gums.
  5. Use a Waterpik. Waterpiks flush food and debris out from between teeth.
  6. Use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride can help protect tooth enamel from plaque.
  7. Use a therapeutic mouthwash.

There’s plenty you can do to keep your gums in great shape. Follow these rules and you’ll have a better chance of keeping your gums healthy into your golden years.

If you have noticed receding gums, contact Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth about a treatment plan.  Treatment options include:

  • Deep Cleaning removes plaque and tartar buildup below the gum and where roots are exposed.
  • Gum Grafting harvests healthy tissue from the roof of the mouth and to replace the missing gum tissue.
  • Regeneration places regenerative materials in the area where bone has suffered severe damage to help regenerate the bone and tissue in that area and surrounding areas.