It is not uncommon for those who have intermittent brushing habits to occasionally see a little bit of blood as they floss or brush. You can often prevent this by being meticulous about your dental care and seeing your dentist twice a year. If the bleeding does not go away or you start to notice your teeth looking longer, however, you might be experiencing gum recession. Receding gums are rather serious and should undergo treatment as soon as possible for health reasons.

Health Risks of Receding Gums

Receding gums can be caused by a variety of things: periodontitis, teeth clenching or grinding, and tobacco use. There are different stages to gum recession, and the more advanced the stage, the higher the risk of tooth and bone loss. In addition, there is some association between periodontitis and a variety of other health concerns, such as pre-term labor, diabetes, stroke, and heart attack.

Treatment With PST™

The good news is that gum recession is treatable. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, also known as PST is a minimally invasive method to get the gums back to their proper position. Using a small incision, the gums are guided back over the teeth to cover any exposed roots or nerves. This helps reduce the pain associated with exposed roots and sensitive teeth. There are no sutures or cuts required. A qualified dentist, such as Dr. Angela Cotey, can perform the treatment to reduce the effects of receding gums and get your mouth and smile back to normal.

Contact Our Office Today

Part of any good dental treatment is getting in to see your dental professional regularly. No matter how long it has been since you were last in a dental office, now is a great time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cotey. Treating any gum disease right away could help mitigate other health risks you may face. Contact Village Smile Care in Mt. Horeb, WI today to learn more about PST!