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Reasons Your Gums Are Receding Gainesville, GA
Teeth and Gums Gainesville, GA

Your gums are the foundation of your smile. While they may not get the attention that your teeth do, they serve a critical role towards your smile and your overall health. One of the telltale signs that your gums are compromised is recession. Gum recession occurs when the margin of the gum tissue around the teeth shrinks down or pulls away from the tooth’s root. This is a condition that needs action, but it can be difficult to detect because it typically doesn’t occur overnight. You should take note of the following gum recession symptoms:

  • Visible lengthening of teeth
  • Exposed tooth roots and sensitivity
  • Loose teeth

Gum Disease Causes Recession

The gradual recession of the gum line can occur from a number of reasons. Among the most common and the most serious culprits is gum disease. Periodontal disease starts with minor symptoms such as red, tender and swollen gums. However, if allowed to progress, the bacteria and infection begins to destroy the gum tissues, causing them to pull away from the tooth’s root. The pockets of gum tissue that develops can harbor more bacteria and a worsening infection if not treated promptly.

Other Explanations for Receding Gums

Gum disease is not the only reason why gums can recede. In fact, gum recession may be out of your control or not cause for alarm. Only a dentist can properly diagnose the reason for your gum recession and decide if treatment is necessary. Here are some other gum recession culprits to consider:

  • Genetics
  • Brushing too hard
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Misalignment/crooked bite
  • Changing hormone levels
  • Tobacco products

If you are concerned that your gums are receding, please schedule an appointment with Gainesville Dental Group. We can offer a wide range of treatments depending on the specific cause of your gum recession.

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

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Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

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Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

Tel: (770) 297-0401

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