In recent years, medical and dental professionals have placed more concern on connections between inflammation in the mouth and certain life-threatening conditions. Inflammation and bleeding are not just a warning sign. When it gets to that point, an infection is already occurring. One strain of mouth bacteria has been found in the blood clots of heart attack and stroke patients. Infection in the mouth has also been connected with Alzheimer’s, diabetes, accelerated obesity and more.
Dental cleanings have multiple purposes, including taking a measurement of your gum recession depth. Healthy gum tissue is 3mm. Anything above that is cause for concern. The reason being, these pockets signify bone loss that you can never get back naturally. These sinking groves create space for bacteria to move into the bloodstream and if untreated ultimately cause tooth loss.
Patients can often avoid gum recession through good homecare and biyearly cleanings. Others require more frequent cleanings due to sensitive gums passed through genetics. Catching problems early is the best way to avoid issues down the road. I take pride in creating a comfortable experience for my patients because I never want fear of the dentist to stand in the way of their health.
Do you have more questions about gum recession? We would love to hear from you. Give us a call at: 858-866-9692.