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Gum Recession

Alexandria VA Periodontal TreatmentYour oral health has a huge impact on your entire body. In fact, the health of your mouth is a great indicator of your general health. When issues or concerns arise with your oral health, it is important that you bring them to your dentist’s attention so that early intervention can be given before serious consequences occur to your mouth and the rest of your body. Gum recession is an oral health concern that many people overlook because they do not know the severe repercussions that can result. Your gum tissue plays two vital roles: stabilizing your teeth in the jaw bone and protecting the roots and nerve fibers of the teeth. When gum recession occurs, the health of your entire mouth can become compromised.

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissues begin to pull away from the teeth. Every tooth is an individual living feature with its own lifeline. When the gum tissues that are supposed to be protecting the roots of the tooth become exposed, extreme pain and discomfort will be felt and the life of the tooth is in danger. Tooth sensitivity is the most common symptom of gum recession because the roots and nerves of the teeth are exposed to temperature changes and biting pressure. The human body is designed to give warnings when things are awry, and tooth sensitivity is one of those indicators. With early intervention, gum recession can be corrected through effective treatment.

Common causes of gum recession:

  • Aggressive brushing – Brushing the teeth with too much pressure causes damage to the gums, prompting them to pull away from the teeth.
  • Improper oral hygiene – If you are not flossing daily, bacterial growth (known as plaque) is building up at the gum line and attacking the gums.
  • Gum disease – With continued plaque development, the gums will become infected by acid-producing bacteria that can cause irreversible damage to the gum tissues.
  • Genetics – If there is a family history of gum recession or gum disease in your family, you are more susceptible to suffering from the same condition.
  • Crooked teeth – Straight teeth are more than just attractive, they are easier to clean. Plaque builds up in significant amounts where teeth are difficult to reach.
  • Hormonal changes – Fluctuations in hormonal levels trigger changes in the gums. Women are more vulnerable to hormone related gum recession due to the extreme hormonal changes that they experience throughout their lives.

Contact Green Dental of Alexandria if you notice any symptoms of gum recession.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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