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Receding Gums: Why You Should Care


Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Older patient at dentist appointment looking into a and mirror and gensturing towards his faceSmiling confidently and enjoying your favorite foods are just a few perks of healthy teeth and gums. But what happens when your gums start to recede, exposing more of your teeth below the gum line?

What Causes Receding Gums


Receding gums occur when the tissue around teeth pulls away, exposing the root and leading to several problems. Poor oral hygiene, gum disease, genetics, aggressive brushing, smoking, hormonal changes, medical conditions, and teeth grinding can cause gum recession.

The Unpleasant Symptoms of Receding Gums


Receding gums can provoke unpleasant symptoms that should not be ignored. One of the initial signs is bleeding, which may occur during brushing or flossing. Additionally, individuals may experience persistent bad breath, inflammation, increased sensitivity, and noticeable aesthetic changes in their gums. While these symptoms may seem minor at first, they can escalate and impact your daily life.

The Hidden Dangers of Receding Gums


Beyond the discomfort of symptoms, receding gums can cause a buildup of bacteria between the teeth and gum line. This accumulation can exacerbate plaque and tartar buildup, leading to more severe dental issues. The resulting bacterial growth may contribute to gum disease, further threatening the health of your teeth and gums. In some cases, untreated receding gums can even lead to tooth loss, emphasizing the importance of early intervention.

Can Gum Disease Be Reversed?


Reversing receding gums is possible based on its cause and severity. Lifestyle changes and proper dental care can help halt and sometimes partially reverse the recession caused by aggressive brushing, poor oral hygiene, or misaligned teeth. A soft-bristle toothbrush, gentle brushing techniques, and excellent oral hygiene are key prevention steps.

Reversing gum recession completely may not be possible if it has progressed due to genetics, periodontal disease, or other health conditions. Professional treatments like gum grafting or laser therapy can manage the condition.

Early detection and treatment are vital for preventing further recession and maintaining oral health. Consult a dental professional for tailored advice and treatment options if you suspect or have been diagnosed with receding gums.

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