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Receding Gums Are Not Just From Ageing

Receding Gums Are Not Just From Ageing

Gingival recession, or receding gums, is a common condition in the elderly but that doesn’t mean that age is the sole cause. There are a number of factors that can cause gum recession and potentially accelerate the age at which your gum line recedes!

When your gums recede, the part of your gums that protect your teeth wear away, revealing more of your tooth’s root. This allows gaps to develop between your teeth and gums where bacteria often build up. This can lead to severe damage to your teeth, and can lead to tooth loss it’s not treated.

There are numerous factors that attribute to your gums receding, and it’s not just ageing that can cause your gums to recede. You need to beware of the various causes of gingival recession, including:

  • periodontal (gum) disease
  • not brushing or flossing
  • aggressive or incorrect tooth brushing method
  • hormonal changes that make the gums more vulnerable
  • grinding your teeth
  • malocclusion (crooked teeth or misaligned bite)
  • oral piercings rubbing against the gum
  • a genetic predisposition to gum disease

While the elderly do suffer from gum recession more often, recession of the gum should not be dismissed as something young people need not worry about. If you can identify your gums receding early, you may be able to preserve your teeth and gums with help from your dentist!

Our team at Somerset Dental are big believers in prevention being the key to maintaining great dental health, so if you’re worried that you’re experiencing signs of gum recession such as sensitive teeth, teeth looking longer, or notches in your gum line, it may be time to ask one of our experienced dentists about your potentially receding gums. Contact Somerset Dental with your enquiry on 02 4648 0909.

 

 

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Can Dentists Straighten Teeth Too?

Can Dentists Straighten Teeth Too?

Dentists can straighten teeth, and at Somerset Dental, we recommend Invisalign as the ideal choice for your teeth straightening needs.

Straight teeth don’t just look better; they lead to better oral health too. However, traditional orthodontic treatment with braces can be unappealing as braces can be unattractive and uncomfortable. At Somerset Dental, our dentists recommend straightening your teeth with Invisalign.

Invisalign is a teeth straightening treatment which uses nearly invisible and removable aligners. For mild changes, the Invisalign teeth straightening method is perfect due to its flexibility, comfort, near-invisibility, and fairly quick treatment time.

Invisalign’s flexibility makes it a popular choice among adults. Invisalign is nearly invisible, comfortable, and removable, meaning that it does not interfere with your day-to-day routine. This means you can straighten your teeth and continue to go about your day with confidence.

When you visit Somerset Dental for teeth straightening advice, our dentists will assess your teeth and will determine whether teeth straightening with Invisalign is right for you. If our dentists recommend Invsalign for your teeth, a set of individually suited aligners will be made for you which will begin your teeth straightening journey. These aligners are changed every two weeks to move your teeth gradually but comfortably.

Treatment times for Invsalign can vary. To find out whether your teeth are suitable for this nearly invisible teeth straightening solution, book an appointment with Somerset Dental today!

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