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Receding Gums: Causes, Treatment, Surgery, and Prevention

Gum recession is the process in which the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth’s root. When gum recession occurs, “pockets,” or gaps, form between the teeth and gum line, making it easy for disease-causing bacteria to build up. If left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged, and may ultimately result in tooth loss.

Gum recession is a common dental problem. Most people don’t know they have gum recession because it occurs gradually. The first sign of gum recession is usually tooth sensitivity, or you may notice a tooth looks longer than normal. Typically, a notch can be felt near the gum line.

Gum recession is not something you want to ignore. If you think your gums are receding, make an appointment with your dentist. There are treatments that can repair the gum and prevent further damage.

Why Do Gums Recede?

There are a number of factors that can cause your gums to recede, including:

Periodontal diseases. These are bacterial gum infections that destroy gum tissue and supporting bone that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease is the main cause of gum recession.

Your genes. Some people may be more susceptible to gum disease. In fact, studies show that 30% of the population may be predisposed to gum disease, regardless of how well they care for their teeth.

Aggressive tooth brushing. If you brush your teeth too hard or the wrong way, it can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear away and your gums to recede.

Insufficient dental care. Inadequate brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash makes it easy for plaque to turn into calculus (tartar) — a hard substance that builds on and between your teeth and can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. It can lead to gum recession.

Hormonal changes. Fluctuations in female hormone levels during a woman’s lifetime, such as in puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can make gums more sensitive and more vulnerable to gum recession.

Tobacco products. Tobacco users are more likely to have sticky plaque on their teeth that is difficult to remove and can cause gum recession.

Grinding and clenching your teeth. Clenching or grinding your teeth can put too much force on the teeth, causing gums to recede.

Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite. When teeth do not come together evenly, too much force can be placed on the gums and bone, allowing gums to recede.

Body piercing of the lip or tongue. Jewelry can rub the gums and irritate them to the point that gum tissue is worn away.

Do these apply to you? Sapperton Dental Clinic has several options to prevent receeding gums!

How Is Gum Recession Treated?

Mild gum recession may be able to be treated by your dentist by deep cleaning the affected area. During the deep cleaning — also called tooth scaling and root planing — plaque and tartar that has built up on the teeth and root surfaces below the gum line is carefully removed and the exposed root area is smoothed to make it more difficult for bacteria to attach itself. Antibiotics also may be given to get rid of any remaining harmful bacteria.

If your gum recession cannot be treated with deep cleaning because of excess loss of bone and pockets that are too deep, gum surgery may be required to repair the damage caused by gum recession.

What Type of Surgery Is Used to Treat Gum Recession?

The following surgical procedures are used to treat gum recession:

Open flap scaling and root planing: During this procedure, the dentist or periodontist (gum doctor) folds back the affected gum tissue, removes the harmful bacteria from the pockets, and then snugly secures the gum tissue in place over the tooth root, thus eliminating the pockets or reducing their size.

Regeneration: If the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed as a result of gum recession, a procedure to regenerate lost bone and tissue may be recommended. As in pocket depth reduction, your dentist will fold back the gum tissue and remove the bacteria. A regenerative material, such as a membrane, graft tissue, or tissue-stimulating protein, will then be applied to encourage your body to naturally regenerate bone and tissue in that area. After the regenerative material is put in place, the gum tissue is secured over the root of the tooth or teeth.

Soft tissue graft: There are several types of gum tissue graft procedures, but the most commonly used one is called a connective tissue graft. In this procedure, a flap of skin is cut at the roof of your mouth (palate) and tissue from under the flap, called subepithelial connective tissue, is removed and then stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed root. After the connective tissue — the graft — has been removed from under the flap, the flap is stitched back down. During another type of graft, called free gingival graft, tissue is taken directly from the roof of the mouth instead of under the skin. Sometimes, if you have enough gum tissue surrounding the affected teeth, the dentist is able to graft gum from near the tooth and not remove tissue from the palate. This is called a pedicle graft.

Your dentist can determine the best type of procedure to use on you based on your individual needs.

How Can I Prevent Gum Recession?

The best way to prevent gum recession is to take good care of your mouth. Brush and floss your teeth every day and see your dentist or periodontist at least twice a year, or as recommended. If you have gum recession, your dentist may want to see you more often. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and ask your dentist to show you the proper way to brush your teeth. If a misaligned bite or teeth grinding is the cause of gum recession, talk to your dentist about how to correct the problem. Other ways to prevent gum recession include:

  • Quit smoking if you smoke.
  • Eat a well balanced and healthy diet.
  • Monitor changes that may occur in your mouth.
  • By taking good care of your teeth, you can have a healthy smile forever.

Need a talk to a dentist? Simply pick up the phone and give us a call at: (604) 544 0894 and one of our dentists will be happy to guide you.

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Looking for Some Amazing People to Join Our Team

Thanks to our wonderful patients, we are able to grow our Sapperton dental family. With all the success we’ve had in 2016, we are looking for a few amazing people to help us maintain our exceptional care for our patients!

Dental Hygienist:

We are a growing dental practice in New Westminster and are seeking a part time dental hygienist to start immediately one day a week (Mondays) potential to add more days.

We are looking for someone who is friendly, hard-working, able to work independently, takes initiative and knows how to administer local anesthetic and take digital x-rays. Also who

Is passionate about patient care, well organized and efficient.

1-2 years experience preferred experience with Maxident but willing to train the right person.

Please send your resume with experience and wage expectation

Dental Assistant:

We are a growing dental practice in New Westminster and are seeking a CDA to start immediately 3-4 days/week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, alternate Tuesdays)

We are looking for someone who is friendly, hard-working, able to work independently, takes initiative and knows how to take digital x-rays, great customer/patient care, well organized and efficient. 2yrs experience preferred but willing to train the right person. Maxident knowledge is an asset. Please send your resume with experience and wage expectation.

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B.C. Kids and Dental Decay – A Growing Problem

With a long list of programs and public health initiatives, the last place you would expect is suffering from a rather large problem with dental health. Kids in British Columbia, aged four to six, are experiencing at least some form of tooth decay. This problem is transcending social class, with kids in more affluent neighbourhoods suffering from the same problem.

How do we know this? Since 2006, the B.C. provincial government has been compiling visual data on dental health from close to 450 neighbourhoods and 35,000 kindergarten-aged children per compilation. What was discovered was shocking. Brenda Poon, a faculty member at the University of British Columbia found that almost 50% of children in neighbourhoods with lower than average incomes had some form of tooth decay. The more interesting part is that the case looks similar in richer neighbourhoods as well, with close to 30% of children showing evidence of tooth decay. The evidence of tooth decay manifests itself in stripped enamel, broken or fractured teeth or fillings, and general evidence of decay that eventually leads to cavity formation.

From 2006 to 2007, only 2.2% fewer kids were identified with signs of tooth decay across the B.C. area. This data was collected in the same time period as the preliminary study. In regions like Fraser Health, swaths like Burnaby had decay rates increase to between 10% and 35%!

Although not in the same ballpark, it is with much sadness to say that New Westminster ranks among the other concerning areas in terms of rates of child tooth decay. Luckily enough, there are some great platforms for the government to push new education initiatives forward for children and parents. These include using public schools, educating children on the dangers of sugary foods and beverages, giving kids more access to healthier foods options, and educating parents so that they know exactly how to take care of their newborn’s dental health. This includes regular dental checkups.

Furthermore, the province has a few subsidy options for lower income families to take advantage of. One of these is the BC Healthy Kids Program, which covers up to $1400 for children’s basic dental services every two years (for those eligible for the program). Knowing what is out there and how families can take advantage, coupled with these new initiatives, is exactly what will allow New Westminster children to enjoy better dental health and lower their rates of decay.

If you are at all concerned that your young child might have some form of tooth decay, please make an appointment with Dr. Sachdeva in New Westminster as soon as possible. The sooner any problem can be assessed, the better.

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New to New Westminster, BC and looking for a dentist?

So, you’re moving to the oldest city in Western Canada and the first capital of British Columbia. You may have one of two feelings: excitement or mild fear. The former because you’re about to adventure into a new location, brimming with rich history, small-town charm, and an endless array of attractions to keep you busy. The latter might get you down because, in the midst of moving, you hadn’t realized that moving to a new place means finding another place to buy coffee, another place to meet new people, and, of course, another place to get your teeth checked and cleaned! Thankfully, your search for a new dentist (and maybe even a new best friend) does not have to waste your time or test your sanity.

Fret not, you ambitious traveller, you. New Westminster is one of the best decisions you are ever going to make. What we strive to promote here in this city is a great sense of community that is liveable, spacious, and economically sustainable. Located on the bank of the Fraser River, “New West” (as we like to call it) is pretty to look at, too! Our general goal to promote a positive and culturally diverse environment with New Westminster has evidently trickled down to the dental talent we house here.

New Westminster dentists have everything you are looking for when trying to find a new dentist for yourself or your family. In fact, don’t be surprised if they exceed your expectations on more than one occasion. When looking for a dentist, you want one that is up to date on the newest dental technology and procedures, you want one who is friendly; one you can approach easily with any and all questions, one that offers flexible and affordable payment plans, and, just maybe, one that’s close to home.

At Sapperton Dental Clinic, we personally guarantee every single one of our New West dentists fit the bill in these regards. And with close to 100 dental clinics in the city and its immediate surrounding area, that’s a big promise! We’re not worried, though. From simple teeth cleaning to emergency dental surgery for children, you will always find what and who you need most in New Westminster. We’re pleased to have you!

Looking for a dental office you can call home? Try one of these dental centres in British Columbia.

Dentist in Kitsilano Vancouver BC

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Meet Dr. Alex Rosenczweig. We are both clinical instructors at UBC in the Faculty of Dentistry.  He’s not only a good dentist but also a good friend.

Dr. Alex operates a dental office in Vancouver, BC called Accord Dental, located in the Kitsilano area.  He took over Accord Dental in 2007 and has since made a reputable name for himself.  Although his dental office is fairly busy, he always welcomes new patients.

If you enjoy playing volleyball, swing by Kitsilano Beach and you just might see Dr. Alex there.  He’s always up for a game.

Dr. Alex is a resident of Kitsilano and is on call for dental emergencies. He is known to be a caring and understanding dentist who puts his patients first.

ddress: 2385 W. 4th Ave (Kitsilano) Vancouver BC, V6K 1P2

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The first dental office located in Central City Shopping Mall is Surrey Place Dental.  They are a group of dedicated dentists working out of Central City Shopping Mall.  You can get to us using public transit via Surrey Central Skytrain Station.

The team of dentists works closely with their patients to help them achieve the smile they’ve always wanted.  Their veteran dentists include Dr. Bhasker Thakore, Dr. Greg Chang and Dr. Joy Maru.  They also have some up-and-coming dentists such as Dr. Colin Loewen and Dr. Sarah Garbelya.

Surrey Place Dental has a solid foundation of both staff and dentists.  Come on by and check them out!

Address: 2446 Central City Surrey V3T 2W1 Canada


The Dental Group at Central City just opened up another dental office about a year ago to make sure their patients can book dental appointments without having to wait long. For added convenience, their new dental clinic is located in the same building – Central City Shopping Mall – just upstairs from Surrey Place Dental.

The Dental Group at Central City is now entering its second year and has hired a few new dentists to handle the workload. Our newest additions include Dr. Steven Chang, Dr. Sarang Toosi , and Dr. Chris Shon.

Our new dental clinic is equipped with the latest in dental technology.  New X-ray machines, filtered water system, and much more.

Address: 112-1117 Central City Shopping Centre Surrey V3T 2W1

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Dr. Sidhu leads the team here at My Dentist @ Boundary Park in Surrey, BC. He’s very passionate and looks after both young and old. His dental office is located on 120th Street in Surrey and has been known to giveaway monthly Ipads to their patients.


Address:  121-6350 120th St Surrey, BC V3X 1Y7

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Let me introduce you to Dr. Joy Maru, a renown Dental Implant Specialist. He has placed over 1000’s of dental implants. Patients come from all over North America to get their dental implants done by Dr. Maru.

Address: 2446 Central City Surrey V3T 2W1 Canada

Dentist in Delta BC

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Dr. Dhir and his wife Dr. Sethi are both dentists who recently opened this dental clinic. They have the state-of-the-art dental equipment and are serious about getting you a better smile. They believe that with the knowledge, the right dental equipment, and the passion, you can help anyone achieve that smile they have always wanted.

Newest Dental Clinic in Delta

Delta Dental has already become the talk of the town for the amazing way they treat their clients. Still a relatively new clinic on the scene in Delta, B.C., the clinic is making serious headway as one of the top dental providers in the area. With a dream team of dental professionals, a wide range of services (including emergency), and a great location, you cannot go wrong choosing Delta.

Address: 110-8295 120th Street, Delta, BC V4C 6R1

Dentist in Burnaby BC

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This is another dental clinic Dr. Dhir and his wife Dr. Sethi both own and operate. This dental clinic is located in Burnaby, BC. They believe that convenience is key for their patients. Whichever side of the bridge you live on, they have a dental clinic to serve you. They rather commute across the bridge than make their patients. That’s how you know if your dentist actually cares.

Why Choose Bainbridge Dental?

Bainbridge Dental Clinic off Lougheed Hwy is unique and distinctive because we incorporate skill, experience and technology all in under one roof. The work of our highly-skilled dentists of varying disciplines of dentistry, coupled with the care and attention-to-detail ensures that each patient is treated like family. Our complete team of dental professional functions on the sole purpose of ensuring complete patient care and satisfaction and this passion is what sets us apart from other dental offices.

At Bainbridge Dental Office, our foundation lies in our ideology. We understand the complexities of dental problems and the absolute need to tackle them with utmost care, which is why our clinics consist of some of the most sought-after dentists in Burnaby, BC. We ensure that no stone is left unturned in providing our dental patients with the best healthcare possible.

Address: 2842 Bainbridge Ave (Off Lougheed Hwy), Burnaby, BC V5A 3W7

Dentist in Vancouver, BC

Star Dental on West Broadway

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Star Dental has been apart of the Vancouver community for decades and has continued to strive even with all the new dental clinics popping up in the area. That’s due to the amazing team they have at their Broadway St. location.

Star Dental: Our Mission

The name may have changed over the years, but Star Dental’s landmark Fairmont Medical Building location has remained as constant as our dedication to providing quality dental care.

For over 25 years, we have strived to build and maintain long-term relationships with families and make a difference in our community. Our office is located in the central Fairmont Medical Building at West Broadway and Willow, in Vancouver’s vibrant Fairview Slopes community. It is conveniently accessible by transit or car, located near the Canada Line train station and the B-Line route.

Address: 1215-750 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1J2, Canada

Sunrise Village Dental on East Hastings Street

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Absolutely the most caring, huggable, honest dentist you can find in Vancouver. Dr. Vinay Dhir has been known to bend over backward for his patients. If you need a dentist who will work around your busy schedule, Dr. Dhir is your dentist.

Why Choose Sunrise Village Dental

Here in Sunrise Village Dental, our commitment is to go above and beyond at all times for our patients. Our Dentists and dental professionals achieve this by creating the most relaxing, least painful experience you have ever had at a dental office.

This means that everything we do is focused on putting our patients first, and making sure our patients always receive the best dental care and our undivided attention.

Address: 2538 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, Canada

EastVan Dental on Commercial Drive

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Right in the heart of the Italian Community lies EastVan Dental. It’s owned and operated by Dr. Alam who is a relatively new dentist, but nonetheless very competent dentist. He has an amazing support staff along with a one of the sweetest partner, Dr. Hunter. Together, you have nothing to worry about.

Why Choose EastVan Dental

East Van Dental Clinic in Vancouver is your go-to clinic for putting a smile on your face for everyone to see. We offer cosmetic and family dentistry, and place care and quality as most important for our patients. Combining the latest technology with experienced and caring dental professionals is a marriage made in heaven that will have you seeing fantastic results.

We are currently accepting new patients right now! Be sure to book an appointment for an Exam, where we will discuss your dental history, assess your cosmetic goals, and much more…

Address: 2085 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B1

Dentist in Fresno, CA

Milburn Dental Office

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Another team of husband and wife dentists. Just recently opened their doors and they’re averaging 50-80 new dental patients. They must be doing something right. If you live in Fresno, CA and are looking for a new dentist, you should hurry and become a patient at Milburn Dental before they close their doors for new patients.

Why Choose Milburn Dental

At Milburn Dental, nothing makes us happier than seeing you smile. Your smile is infectious; it puts one on everyone’s face, including ours. That is because of the pride we take in offering the best and most up-to-date dental techniques from the most knowledgeable and caring professionals in the field. Best of all, it all happens in an environment that will actually make you want to come back and visit the dentist again!

Our state-of-the-art office is fully equipped for family, cosmetic, and general dentistry. Working alongside our dentists will ensure you and your family a positive dental care experience. We take pride in providing all our patients with exceptional dental care in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere.

Address: 6721 N Milburn Ave Ste 101, Fresno CA 93722

Dentist Web Design & Marketing

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This team of talented and amazing designers, developers, and marketing geniuses have helped countless dental offices attain new patients. They work around the clock, making sure your website is plastered all over the internet. Don’t miss out on another patient again, hire the Dentist Web Design Company.

Address: Vancouver, BC

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Guide to Root Canals

Why undergo a root canal? Simply to address an abscess, a cavity that has reached tooth pulp, severing of tooth nerve due to trauma, a tooth fracture, or inflammation of tooth nerve from repeated dental procedures.

For more information on root canals, see the info-graph below provided by your New Westminster Dentist.

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Gingivitis – What it is and how you can avoid it

Gingivitis is simply the inflammation of the gums (known as gingiva). It occurs most commonly when a sticky film of bacteria known as plaque surrounds the teeth, as it does constantly. If the plaque is not removed with proper daily brushing and flossing, the gums can become irritated, inflamed, and may even bleed. The irritated or inflamed gum tissue can separate from the teeth and form spaces. Left untreated, the process can continue until any tooth-supporting materials such as tissue or bone are destroyed. Gingivitis is the first step the much more serious periodontitis, which can lead to loss of teeth and can also affect one’s overall health. However, it is also an early step and is therefore usually completely reversible.

Gingivitis is most commonly caused by plaque build-up but can also be caused by certain genetic factors or even malnutrition. In any case, patients suffering from gingivitis will usually have red, puffy gums that are sometimes painful to the touch and that may bleed when brushed. In milder cases there may be no experiences of discomfort whatsoever, but this does not mean that there should be less concern.

Where plaque is concerned, not only can it cause halitosis of the mouth (bad breath) but it is also responsible for the development of tartar, an unappealing yellowish film that forms at the base of the teeth and irritates the gums further. Tartar is so difficult to deal with that it can only be removed by a dental professional.

As previously mentioned, if caught early by checking for its specific symptoms, gingivitis can be easily and successfully reversed. Treatment involves care from a dental professional but it is then up to the patient to carry out the necessary follow-up procedures at home. These procedures include brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinse using antiseptic mouthwash regularly.

Avoid possible tooth loss and various bacterial infections by regularly scheduling appointments with New Westminster Dentist in New Westminster. Our services at new westminster dental clinic are catered to locating any possible symptoms of gingivitis early on so that your smile can keep on blossoming.

How Safe are Dental X-rays?

Speculation has been raised in regards to the safety of x-rays administered by a dentist. The American Dental Association acknowledges these concerns and has shown that a full set of dental x-rays has three times less radiation than that from ambient environmental exposure on a daily basis.

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Benefits of Fluoride

The Canadian Dental Association has long-argued that fluoride, which is a mineral present in soil, water and a variety of foods, has been shown to have a positive dental benefit by making teeth more resistant to decay. Fluoride has also illustrated a preventative and restorative effect on decay that has already started.

Children’s Oral Hygiene

Although a child’s primary teeth are not permanent they still require the same care and attention as adult teeth. The British Columbia Dental Association recommends that children have their teeth brushed twice daily by their caregiver.

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Smoking and Dental Health

According to the American Dental Association smoking has been linked with cancer, gum disease, dental staining and bad breath. Smokeless tobacco has also been linked with oral cancers.

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