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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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