What are receding gums?
Receding gums are basically a condition in which the gums will pull back from your tooth surface, which exposes the root surface of your teeth. It is one type of gum disease. This indicates a serious result of poor oral health that can result in tooth loss if it is not taken care of. There is a variety of available treatments, depending on your condition and the severity of the tissue loss. In most cases, the earlier you diagnose and treat it, the better the results will be.
Risk factors and causes
Receding gums might be caused by many factors. These include:
- Hardened buildup of plaque or tartar
- Aggressive brushing on the long term
- Family history with gum diseases
- Changes in hormone levels
A few medications could lead to dry mouth, which would also increase the risk of receding gums. A dry mouth means that it will have less saliva than usual. Without a sufficient amount of saliva, your mouth’s tissues could become more susceptible to bacterial injuries and infections.
Symptoms of receding gums
Some common signs of receding gums include:
- Bad breath
- Swollen, red gums
- Bleeding after flossing or brushing
- Loose teeth
- Exposed roots of teeth
- Pain at your gum line
- Visibly shrinking gum
Diagnosis of receding gums
Receding gums and other kinds of periodontal diseases can be diagnosed by dentists. A physical examination is necessary to identify the problems. Also, a probe might be used for measuring the gum pockets by using a painless, small ruler. In general, the usual pocket sizes might range from one to three millimeters. If your gum is larger than this range, then it might be a sign of receding gums. A diagnosis of this condition might warrant referrals to a periodontist.
A periodontist would determine the right treatments to save your gum tissues as teeth. Firstly, if they find an infection in your gums, then antibiotics might be prescribed.
Other medications might also be prescribed to treat some underlying problems which are causing gum recession. Some possible options include:
- Antiseptic chips
- Topical antibiotic gel
- Enzyme suppressants
- Antimicrobial mouthwash
How to prevent receding gums
One of the best ways to prevent receding gums is to visit a dentist on a regular basis for checkups and cleaning. Even when you do not experience any signs mentioned above, this would help find out early symptoms of gum diseases. Also, you can avoid this issue by having smart and healthy oral health routine.
While regular brushing and flossing can remove plaque, food particles, and bacteria, tartar might be removed only with a dental cleaning. As this component mainly contributes to receding gums, it is necessary to have regular cleanings.
Receding gums might increase the risk for gum diseases and affect your smile. To stop or slow its progression, you need to take care of your oral health. It is strongly suggested to contact ProCare Dentistry at least twice per year to have our experienced dentists provide the best oral services for you.
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