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Symptoms of Gum Recession

Do You Know the Symptoms of Gum Recession?

  • Either red, swollen or purple gums.
  • Both gums that bleed and feel tender to the touch.
  • Chronic bad breath (or halitosis).
  • Both mouth and gum pain.
  • Spaces that develop between teeth.
  • Both tooth and gum sensitivity.
  • Sores in your mouth.
  • Pus between both teeth and gums.
  • Teeth that appear longer than normal.
  • Exposed roots that are extremely sensitive and uncomfortable.
  • Loose teeth.

Causes of Gum Recession

Colgate reports that an estimated 35.7 million Americans live with periodontal disease. Not only can periodontal disease cause gum recession but also life-threatening health conditions. For instance, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Bad oral hygiene and genetics can predispose you to periodontal disease. Periodontitis is a severe form of periodontal disease. It occurs when plaque develops below the gumline. The result is a breakdown of the tissue that keeps your teeth attached to your gums. “The mildest form of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis and is triggered by bacterial plaque that forms at the gum line,” states Colgate.

Risk Factors

Colgate also identifies risk factors.
  • Tobacco use
  • Systemic diseases
  • Use of certain types of medicine
  • Bridges that no longer fit
  • Crooked teeth
  • Fillings that have become defective
  • Pregnancy
  • Oral cancer

What Can You Do to Prevent Gum Recession?

First, keep your dental chart up to date. Tell your hygienist about both your health issues and medications. Pay attention to not only your dental hygienist's comments but also his/her instructions, during both your examination and cleaning. Brush twice daily with a soft-bristle, manual or electric, toothbrush. Additionally, use a toothpaste with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Then, rinse with a mouthwash designed to fight tartar and plaque. And don’t forget to floss daily to clean both between teeth and below the gum line. Finally, get regular checkups, both dental and medical.

If you suspect that you have periodontitis, call Dr. Lovik.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.