Posted on: 21 December 2016
The phrase 'old-age' disease refers to ailments or medical conditions that are more prevalent among the older generation of patients. Many of these conditions result from the gradual deterioration of body systems over the years.
A receding gum line is an example of the effects often brought by that kind of deterioration. At 19, your body systems haven't seen much deterioration so it's somewhat confusing why you have a receding gum line. Relax because it might not even be your fault. Also, you've noticed the problem at the best time possible.
It Could Be Nature's Fault
For many older patients, receding gums are caused by the gradual loss of gum tissue through the years. As gums get thinner, they expose the underlying root structure of affected teeth.
It's possible for grandpa to have passed his thin and fragile gum line to your father, who later passed it on to you. Is that your father's fault or is it grandpa's? It's simply the natural order of things in your lineage.
It's also possible that you're allergic to some of the chemicals used to make toothpaste, in which case you need to start using a different brand. A qualified periodontist will carry out tests to determine if you're indeed allergic. Meanwhile you should try a different brand of paste. One that's free of fluoride and/or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). The two chemicals are almost synonymous with allergic reactions in patients. Alternatively, you can start making your own toothpaste.
It's nature's fault if you inherited a thin gum line or if you're allergic to SLS. It's partly your fault if you've been 'feeding' the thin gum line with tobacco leaves and/or cigarette smoke. The gums wouldn't have been as thin as they currently are if you didn't use those substances.
There Is a Treatment Option
Grafting is among the most effective treatment options for receding gums. During the procedure, a periodontist removes bits of tissue from the roof of the patient's mouth. The 'outsourced' tissue is then attached to the remaining gum tissue in the recessed area.
Various factors may invalidate your eligibility for gum grafting as a treatment alternative. Pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes and a weak immune system are examples of these factors, both of which often develop as one gets older. The younger you are, the more eligible you're likely to be for a gum graft, and the higher the chances of success should you choose this treatment option.Share