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Receding gums is a problem your dentist near Woodstock can treat

Many years ago, an older person would often be described as being “long in the tooth.” The reason for this was that people up in age, would often experience gum recession so significant that teeth looked longer. A century or more ago, severe gum recession may have been common. Today, dentists have more tools than ever, and more information, with which to help patients avoid the onset and progression of gum disease and receding gums. In our office near Woodstock, Dr. Breckley and Dr. Vo take a proactive approach to gum disease.

Dealing with receding gums can be difficult because changes in tissue most often take place at a slow pace. The tissue changes that occur in the mouth may be linked to a number of factors, including:
  • Gum disease, the primary cause of tooth loss in America today. As gum tissue becomes infected, weakened by oral bacteria, the gums slowly break down. Eventually, gum disease can lead to the exposure of more tooth surface, including the roots.
  • Aggressive brushing is something many people do innocently, in an effort to make sure teeth are adequately cleaned. Brushing teeth too hard, or with harsh bristles, can lead to abrasions on enamel, and on gum tissue. Your dentist and hygienist are able to recognize abrasions, and discuss with you ways in which teeth can be cleaned successfully with a gentler technique. Often, simply ensuring flossing takes place after brushing leads to a cleaner feeling.
  • Fluctuations in hormones, especially those that occur in women during pregnancy and menopause, have been shown to place one at a greater risk for gum disease. Hormonal imbalances can make gum tissue more susceptible to inflammation and recession.
  • Genetics are an important factor in the risk for gum disease. We work with our patients to address gum disease early, taking preventive measures to combat predisposition.
  • Misalignment is detrimental in a number of ways. Not only do crooked, crowded teeth affect the look of the smile, misalignment also increases the risk of gum recession because undue pressure is placed on gum and bone tissue when teeth are not properly aligned.
It is a common assumption that receding gums are the result of poor oral hygiene. Although a factor, hygiene is not the only possible cause for receding gums. Your dentist provides ongoing care and thorough monitoring of teeth and gums so that you can enjoy optimal oral health for life.

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About Dr. Sean Breckley

Dr. Sean Breckley
A graduate from the Temple University School of Dentistry and Susquehanna University, Dr. Sean Breckley is an established professional in the field of dentistry. He is a firm believer of contributing to the community and ensuring his patients receive the best possible dental care. Whilst maintaining his professionalism, Dr. Breckley takes time to get to know his patients and make sure they are comfortable and at ease to avoid any unnecessary dental anxiety and stress. He is presently a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Northwest District Dental Society, and a graduate of the Mercer Mastery Program.

About Dr. Lan Vo

Dr. Lan Vo
A graduate from the University of California-Irvine and Temple University School of Dentistry, Dr. Lan Vo is a highly skilled and resourceful dentist in the field of professional dentistry. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Northwest District Dental Society, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and a graduate of the Mercer Mastery Program whilst maintaining a certification with the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Vo is very people-oriented and is a favorite amongst children and commands a great deal of trust amongst anyone who has had the fortune of being treated by her.
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    I've been seeing Dr. Breckley and Dr. Vo since they opened this practice, and I'm still a huge fan. I recently had some dental work done with them (like this morning). I've never doubted the doctors' abilities, and this experience was no exception. They are experts and are very good at their craft. I want to also mention the support staff, especially the women on the front desk. They are thorough, helpful, and so very nice. I've never experienced the follow-up and follow through at another practice as I have with them at 32 Dental. I always know what my bill will be. There are never any surprises, and that is so comforting in this day of American healthcare. :) I'll continue to refer my friends to them and patron their practice based on my experiences with them! Thanks!
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    My 8 year old son had to have 2 teeth pulled because the babies just didn't want to let go. The whole procedure went amazing! My son was like "Wait we're done already? I didn't feel anything! Wow." I would definitely recommend this practice to anyone who wants both kids and adults to be taken care of at the same location!
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    I'm 55 and have used many dental offices over the years. Without question, both of the 32 Dental locations, have been extremely pleasant and rewarding to my mouth!. The quality of work, expert advice on dental care, friendly as they come... what more can I say. Highly recommended!
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    32 Dental was quick and kind. The office staff was efficient and the dentist was very thorough. He referred me to a specialist due to the type of root canal needed. He was able to find one available for the same day. I will definitely use them in the future.
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