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:
- 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