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Gum Recession



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Gum recession can lead to sensitive teeth (see our last blog post).  It may be caused by various circumstances such as:

* tartar, plaque, calculus build up

* periodontal disease

* poor dental care

* systemic illnesses like diabetes

* smoking

* bruxism (also known as grinding)

* mouth piercings

* biting forces due to crooked teeth and/or heavy bite, just to name a few.


Unfortunately, once damaged, receded gums do not grow back on their own.  The good news is that steps can be taken at every stage to prevent it from getting worse.  If any of the above circumstances apply to you or if you notice your teeth looking longer/gums disappearing, be extra diligent in following up with good dental care (home care and regular visits to our office).


Make sure to learn how to brush and floss properly with an Oral Hygiene Instruction appointment - this way, you can ensure that your daily care routine is 1) not contributing to the problem and 2) keeping it from worsening.


Follow ups set by our dentists and hygienists should be made - so that we can keep an eye on the recession as well as identify any other problems and treat them before they become serious.  

If the damage has been already been done, the doctor may have recommended you receive a gum graft - sometimes with a specialist.  This procedure can often:


* alleviate sensitivity

* stop further recession and

* protect the roots and teeth from falling out


**** However, this requires the same (if not more) diligence and commitment to caring for your gums, so it may not be suitable for everyone. 


Call us now for an examination (416) 222-4762 and if you have any questions or concerns about your situation, write them down and remember to ask them when you see our doctors.  


Allowing gum recession to progress to advanced stages without treatment can eventually lead to loss of tooth/teeth and the option for implant replacement may not be suitable in that case. 

ALFIE Dentistry - Dr. Shirley Cheong, Dr. Kenny Chan & Associates

172 Willowdale Avenue.  Toronto, ON. M2N 4Y8. (416) 226-6688.  

6212 Yonge Street, Unit 4. Toronto, ON. M2M 3X4.  (416) 222-4762.

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