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Common Symptoms of Receding Gums

man covers his mouth to hide receding gums

Did you know that gum tissue can recede? This not only changes the appearance of your smile, but it allows bacteria to spread and build up. This excess of bacteria can have very serious consequences. What causes gum recession? What are the most common symptoms of receding gums?

Causes of Receding Gums

The most common cause of receding gums is gum disease. All kinds of food debris and bacteria collect at the gum line. Proper brushing and flossing get rid of the bacteria, but poor oral hygiene causes bacteria buildup. This can lead to infection of the soft tissues and gum recession. Luckily, if caught early on, gum disease is easily treated and reversed.

Other causes for gum recession include brushing your gums too hard or grinding your teeth. Genetics also play a role. At Grafton Dental Care, we can treat any of these causes.

Common Symptoms of Receding Gums

How do you know if your gums are receding? It isn’t something that suddenly happens overnight. Gum recession is gradual. It might only affect one or a few teeth, but it can happen to your whole mouth. Look for signs such as:

Increased Sensitivity

Your gums help protect your teeth, so when they recede, your teeth become more sensitive. When you drink something cold or hot, you will notice. Brushing and flossing can become more uncomfortable, too.

Tender Gums

Receding gums feel more tender, especially after brushing and flossing. If you have gum disease, the discomfort occurs because of bacteria.

Longer-Looking Teeth

When your gums recede, your teeth will start to look longer than usual. As your gum structure weakens, the gums shrink back.

Loose Teeth

Gum disease is the #1 cause for adult tooth loss. Gum pockets created by disease deepen over time, making more and more room for bacteria. Unhealthy gums can’t support your teeth properly. The affected teeth become looser, eventually falling out if you don’t get treatment.

Concerned About Receding Gums?

If you’re experiencing the common symptoms of receding gums, please contact us at our Grafton office! We offer personalized treatment plans based on what’s causing your gum recession. You can regain your oral health and learn how to prevent any problems in the future.

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