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Identify and Prevent Receding Gums

A receding gum line is a common dental issue that is difficult to detect yet easy to prevent. Unfortunately, many people do not address this problem until the gums have receded so much that various there is an increased risk for tooth loss. Regular teeth cleanings and good oral hygiene habits are the best ways to prevent gum recession and protect your overall dental health. Learn more about the symptoms and causes of gum recession and how Anderson & Atkins, DDS can help with prevention."
 

The Causes of Gum Recession

A periodontal disease is an advanced form of gingivitis that damages your gums and leads to a condition known as gum recession. When the gums pull away from the surface of your teeth, the root is often exposed which can cause sensitivity, bleeding, and invites bacteria and plaque to form. In some cases, receding gums can lead to tooth loss. There are several factors that contribute to receding gums such as overly aggressive brushing, tartar buildup on your teeth, smoking, a family history of gum disease, diabetes, HIV, and hormonal changes in women.
 

The Symptoms of Gum Recession

Early symptoms of gum recession can be difficult to detect. However, if you practice good oral hygiene techniques and notice any of the following issues, make an appointment with your dentist:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Pain or sensitivity along the gum line
  • “Longer teeth”
  • Gums that are visibly shrinking
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath


Catching Gum Disease Early

Your dentist is the best person to detect early stages or signs of gum disease before gums begin receding. This is why regular dental appointments and teeth cleanings are so important. Oral health habits such as brushing and flossing are crucial to removing bacteria, preventing plaque buildup and eliminating food particles stuck between your teeth. However, tartar can only be removed by professional cleaning. Tartar is a key player when it comes to gum disease and a receding gum line. When you and your dentist catch gum disease and work to prevent it from threatening your gums, you reduce all risks associated with a receding gum line. Receding gums often lead to adult tooth loss and may even require surgery to prevent damage.

If you notice signs of receding gums, there’s no need to be embarrassed. Three out of four adults have some form of periodontal disease, including receding gums, according to the California Dental Association (CDA).  Address the issue now, before it causes more pain and more complications. Schedule an appointment at Anderson and Atkins Dentistry by calling our office at (979) 846-1813. You can also schedule a routine cleaning for the entire family and protect your teeth and your gums from future problems.

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