One of the most common gum problems is receding gums. As the name suggests, it is a condition wherein the gum shrinks, causing the exposure of the lower part of the teeth.
Most people are unaware that they are actually experiencing gum recession considering that it happens gradually over time.
Nonetheless, if you are concerned about your gum health there are signs that you should be wary of such as bleeding after you brush or floss your teeth, red and swollen gums, pain and discomfort along the gum lines, visible tooth roots, loose teeth, and bad breath. Make sure to visit us when you observe any of them so we can assess the problem.
Top Causes of Gum RecessionWhile it is easy to relate receding gums to gum disease or gingivitis, there are many other factors that may cause this condition such as aging. Your gums may recede "naturally" even if you practice good oral hygiene habits as you grow older.
Gum recession may also be caused by brushing your teeth too hard that it hurts your gums leading to the trauma of the gum tissue. Regularly grinding your teeth when you are stressed or sleeping as misaligned teeth can put additional pressure on your gums that can lead to receding gums eventually.
Women are also at risk of this gum problem, especially during pregnancy and menopause as gums are readily affected by hormonal changes. Smokers are also prone to receding gums considering that smoking increases the amount of plaque and bacteria that also affect the gums.
Considering that there are many possible reasons why you can suffer from gum recession, it is important that you come see us immediately so we can identify the root cause of the problem and provide appropriate treatment rather than you experimenting on unknown and unverified "treatments".
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at Carrollton: (972) 242-7603 or Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050 or Denton: (940) 566-7021 today.