Improper oral hygiene has far-reaching, long-term consequences that go beyond cavities. Receding gums is the exposure of the roots of teeth caused by a loss of tissue surrounding the gums. Gum recession is common in adults over the age of 40, but younger adults may experience it as well. The cause of gum recession in most cases is the same cause of most oral health problems – lack of general dentistry visits in Arlington and inadequate brushing and flossing. This bacterial buildup leads to painless, chronic inflammation and occasional bleeding, similar to periodontal disease, and also causes a very gradual recession of the gums.
In most cases, gum recession is a progressive oral health condition that occurs over many years, which is one of the reasons it is most common in those over the age of 40. Changes in the gums may remain totally unnoticed until the condition starts to more seriously affect oral health. The individual’s teeth may feel loose or overly sensitive to hot, cold, sweet, sour, or spicy food and drink. Teeth may appear longer than normal because of exposure of the tooth root, and they may appear to be a different color. Receding gums caused by periodontal disease will appear swollen or inflamed, may bleed, and are usually accompanied by bad breath.
Receding gums can be repaired. A soft-tissue graft can be used to create more gum tissue, which usually heals in less than a month. Regular checkups and health examinations can help catch receding gums early, which is key to making a full recovery. If you or a loved one are concerned about gum recession and think you may be experiencing symptoms, contact us today.