Your teeth are supported by two main things, gum and bone. Unfortunately, both of these can be a concern and you may not even know it.
Because bone loss and gum recession have no pain involved with the process, it can go undetected to the untrained eye. It is something that often only your dentist, hygienist, or we as your Orthodontic Specialist in Surrey, will point out.
We should make mention that gum recession is preceded by bone loss, and so if you notice that your gums are receding, you should consult a dental professional.
Teeth normally are covered and protected by your gums, this thick gum tissue is known as keratinized gingiva. Keratinized gingiva is pink in colour and has keratin, a major component of one’s hair, skin, and nails and contributes to their how strong this tissue and the growth of these things will be.
Apart from the kertanized gingiva, is what is known as alveolar mucosa. Alveolar mucosa is delicate and shiny in appearance, and makes up the lining of your cheeks and underside of your tongue as well.
Brushing and chewing too vigorously against this tissue can actually damage it, as it is a delicate skin-like substance. That being said, the thickness and volume of each individuals gum tissue can vary from person to person due to genetics, which is also a factor in what makes individuals susceptibility to gum recession and bone loss.
If you were born of the gene pool where you have thicker gums, your gums will generally be more resistant to the day-to-day trauma of tooth brushing and chewing.
Thick gums or thin, as your Orthodontic Specialist we will be able to attend to any gum or bone loss issues you may have, and we always keep a close eye on the transition of your teeth with braces. So come in to see us, and allow us to help you gain the smile you’ve always wanted!