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Causes of Receding Gums

woman's smile with healthy gums not receding

Receding gums are an oral health problem that involves your gums essentially pulling away from the surface of your tooth. In turn, this exposes the root surfaces of your teeth – this is not good! This serious symptom of gum disease in some people may eventually lead to tooth loss. There are other causes of receding gums besides gum disease, including:

  • Long-term, overly aggressive brushing
  • Hardened plaque build up (tartar) often due to skipping teeth cleanings
  • Smoking
  • Hormonal changes in women, such as menopause
  • Family history of gum disease
  • Diabetes

Side effects of certain medications, like dry mouth, can also cause your gums to recede. When your mouth has less saliva, the tissue in your mouth can become vulnerable to infection.

Symptoms of Receding Gums

  • Bleeding after you’ve brushed or flossed your teeth
  • Red, swollen gums as opposed to pink, healthy gums
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away with brushing
  • Pain right at your gum line
  • Visibly shrinking gums
  • Tooth roots that are exposed
  • Loose teeth or teeth that feel like they’re moving

How to Prevent Receding Gums

If you think you may have receding gums, you need to see a dentist immediately. We may prescribe topical antibiotic gel, anti-microbial mouthwash, or even enzyme suppressants. In very bad cases, receding gums may require surgery. If you don’t treat receding gums, you have a high chance of tooth loss. In fact, periodontal diseases such as receding gums account for 70 percent of adult tooth loss.

Because receding gums are often associated with gum disease, it is important to keep a close eye on the health of your gums. If you catch gum disease early, you have a better chance of reversing it. But if you don’t, the best you can do is maintain the current state of your gums. Make sure you brush and floss at least twice a day, and get your biannual professional teeth cleanings.

If you’re concerned about receding gums, call us today to schedule a checkup! We’ll go over the health of your gums, and get you back on track to having a healthy, beautiful smile.

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