What is Gingival Recession?

#Gingival #recession, also known as #receding #gums, is the exposure in the roots of the teeth caused by a loss of gum #tissue and/or retraction of the gingival margin from the #crown of the #teeth.

With everything #dental #hygienists already do well, we follow the dental hygiene standard of care. Starting with #oral #hygiene and #periodontal assessment, we must evaluate any possible precipitating and predisposing factors for #gingival #recession. The more data collected during the assessment allows us to formulate a dental hygiene #diagnosis, in which we assess and suggest what we can do preventively in managing gingival recession by creating a plan. Once patients are educated on the causes of gingival recession, implement a preventive treatment that will work in the best interest of the patient. Once preventive treatment has been implemented, we evaluate and document for changes or concerns.

Over time #teeth #shift not only mesially and distally, but buccally and lingually, therefore creating malpositioned teeth, which is a predisposing factor of gingival recession. Now that I’ve assessed the relationship between gingival recession and malpositioned teeth, I am able to suggest to my patients solutions which will work for them to help protect their bite from increasing gingival recession, whether it’s a #night #guard or an #orthodontic #solution, such as #Invisalign®.

#Patients recognize when gingival recession is present, and it almost always affects how they feel about their smile, how it makes their teeth feel, and it may be worrisome because they may be in fear of losing additional tooth or gingival structure.

We can alleviate the worry for our patients by educating them on the cause of gingival recession when we know it’s more than #genetics or toothbrush #abrasion.

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