Having good oral hygiene and keeping your checkups can prevent most dental conditions, including periodontal disease, the leading cause for tooth loss in the U.S. according to medical studies. Receding gums are a form of periodontitis that can cause other more serious problems.
Do I Have Receding Gums?
One of the signs of receding gums is that the top part of the tooth, that's by the gum line, is exposed and you can experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold food or even air temperature. That can be an early sign of the condition.
If you visit our office regularly, we will keep an eye on your gums, especially if you have bleeding gums or increased plaque production.
What Causes Receding Gums?
Aside from poor oral hygiene, there are other reasons that can cause receding gums.
Genetics - some people are more susceptible than others. If you are among the unlucky ones who have excess tartar due to your mouth's natural composition, you may be more at risk of having receding gums at some point.
Brushing Too Hard - believe it or not, using too much pressure when you brush or using a hard bristle brush can also contribute to receding gums.
Hormones - women can be more susceptible than men to having receding gums because of hormonal changes due to pregnancy, puberty or menopause.
Smoking - smokers are more likely to have plaque on their teeth that is hard to remove.
Bruxism - grinding or clenching your teeth can also contribute to receding gums.
The biggest problem with leaving receding gums without the proper treatment is that the supporting tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place can be seriously damaged and can result in tooth loss. However, there are treatments available is the condition is diagnosed early. Call us today to find out more!
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