At Thurston Comprehensive Dental Center, Inc. we offer a broad range of services, from cosmetic dentistry to treatment options for gum disease. Among the many focuses of Dr. Dr. Frederick D. Thurston, a general dentist in Auberndale, FL, is helping identify, treat and prevent gum recession. September is National Gum Care Month, so there is no better time to discuss the signs and symptoms associated with gum recession, as well as the steps you can take to avoid having it happen to you.  

What Is Gum Recession?

When the gum tissue that surrounds and protects your teeth begins to wear thin and expose your tooth or its root, the process is called gum recession. Gum recession creates gaps or small, empty areas between your teeth and your gum line, which become great places for bacteria to collect and wreak havoc on your mouth. When this occurs, you are at higher risk for gum disease, so you want to be sure to visit your dentist regularly in order to keep a close eye on your gum health.  

Identifying Gum Recession  

One of the problems in treating gum recession is that it happens slowly over time, making it tough to identify. Signs you might be experiencing gum recession include sensitive teeth, a tooth appearing longer than is typical or a noticeable notch along your gum line. If you are experiencing any of these issues, contact Dr. Thurston right away to get to the root of the problem before it worsens and requires more aggressive treatment.  

Treatment Options for Gum Recession  

If you are experiencing gum recession, your treatment options vary depending on the severity of your situation. If your gum recession is relatively mild, a thorough, deep cleaning by Dr. Thurston may be enough to counter the problem. Dr. Thurston will take care to remove any plaque or tartar buildup that he sees along your teeth and gums, and he may also use antibiotic treatments, if necessary, to help kill off the bacteria. In especially severe cases, gum surgery may be needed.

Contact Dr. Thurston Today With Gum Recession Concerns

There is no reason you should “learn to live” with sensitive teeth and gums. If you suspect gum recession, contact Thurston Comprehensive Dental Center, Inc. today at (863) 852-1227.