Receding Gums Awareness Month – January 2023

Receding Gums Awareness Month takes place in January every year. It aims to promote awareness about the issue of receding gums and related health and aesthetic problems. The month creates an opportunity for people to learn about receding gums, and how it affects individuals of all ages. This awareness allows them to consult their healthcare providers and learn about treatment options and prevention. Some reasons for receding gums can include intense teeth brushing, gum disease, and natural aging. The month also raises awareness about new treatment procedures available to those suffering from receding gums.

History of Receding Gums Awareness Month

Dentistry is a branch of medicine that deals with the “study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the teeth and mouth.” The history of dentistry began with the establishment of human settlements. Though tooth decay was not as common in pre-agrarian societies, it still existed and was presumably treated. The oldest known evidence of dentistry was an infected tooth that had been partially cleaned with flint tools from about 14,000 years ago. Recent research suggests that Neanderthals possibly used basic dentistry tools about 130,000 years ago.

Evidence of dentistry has also been found in the Indus valley around 7000 B.C. Early beliefs surrounding cavities held that they were a result of a ‘tooth worm.’ Dental procedures have been described across history — from Ancient Egyptian treatments of toothache to Greco-Roman dental prosthetics. The first-ever record of a dentist was the Ancient Egyptian Hesy-Ra. The earliest dental amalgam was first documented in Tang dynasty-ruled China, in a medical text written by physician Su Kung in 659. Dental extractions were often performed by professionals like doctors and barbers instead of dentists during the Middle Ages.

Modern dentistry first began developing between 1650 and 1800. French surgeon Pierre Fauchard came to be known as the father of modern dentistry. He was a highly skilled surgeon who made improvisations of dental instruments inspired by the tools used by watchmakers, jewelers, and barbers. He introduced the concept of dental fillings as a treatment for cavities, and was the first to assert that sugar-derived acids were responsible for tooth decay.

Receding Gums Awareness Month timeline

130,000 Years Ago
Neanderthal Dentistry

The Neanderthals use basic dentistry tools.

14,000 Years Ago
A Tooth With Dental Treatment

The first evidence of dentistry is created.

7000 B.C.
Indus Valley

Dentistry is abundant in the Indus Valley.

659 A.D.
Su Kang

The earliest dental amalgam is first documented in a medical text written by the Chinese physician.

Receding Gums Awareness Month FAQs

What does receding gums indicate?

Gum recession indicates a higher susceptibility to oral health issues.

Do gums recede permanently?

Yes, they do not regenerate.

How risky is a gum graft?

If handled by a professional, the procedure is safe and with minimal risks.

How to Observe Receding Gums Awareness Month

  1. Learn about receding gums

    The point of Receding Gums Awareness Month is to promote awareness. Do your bit by learning more about the issue.

  2. Tell other people about it

    Help Receding Gums Awareness Month by spreading awareness about the condition amongst people you know. They’ll thank you for it.

  3. Talk to your dentist

    Try to understand whether you are at risk for receding gums. Learn what you can do about it by talking to your dentist.

5 Fascinating Facts About Teeth

  1. Baby teeth

    A person’s baby teeth are a set of 20 teeth.

  2. Adult teeth

    A set of adult teeth is 32 teeth.

  3. Formation

    Baby teeth begin to form in the womb.

  4. Tooth enamel

    Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body.

  5. Time spent brushing

    An average person spends 38 days brushing their teeth across their lifetime.

Why Receding Gums Awareness Month is Important

  1. It raises awareness about a prevalent health condition

    Receding gums affect a lot of people across diverse age groups. Receding Gums Awareness Month helps spread the word about their experience.

  2. It raises awareness about the risk factors

    Receding Gums Awareness Month helps increase visibility about the factors that put people at risk of developing the condition. Learn all you can during this time.

  3. It’s an opportunity to get a dental checkup

    No one likes visiting the dentist. However, Receding Gums Awareness Month is a perfect opportunity to check in on your dental health.

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