Published: 07/11/2017

Healthy gums are essential to good dental health. When gums are healthy, they serve as proper support to your teeth and protect them by ensuring nothing can reach your teeth’s roots. If you have receding gums, your chances increase for tooth issues because the gums are no longer able to offer proper support and protection.

Signs of Gum Recession

You may not always notice that your gums are receding until the problem has progressed to a serious point. It may not cause you to feel anything and the visual signs can be hard to notice. However, if your teeth suddenly feel more sensitive or you notice your teeth look a bit longer, it could be an indication you are losing gum tissue.

Reasons for Gum Recession

Gum recession can occur for many reasons. Some of these are through no fault of yours. Recession may be genetic, which is something you have no control over. It doesn’t matter if you have perfect dental health care. If your genes say your gums will recede, then it is going to happen no matter what you do. Hormonal issues can also cause gum issues. Again, this is something you have no control over.

It can, however, occur due to bad dental care or gum disease. Infections in the gum tissue can eat away at it and cause you to slowly lose it. In fact, gum disease is the most common cause that a periodontist will see. You may also be a little too good at taking care of your teeth. Brushing too hard or with a brush with bristles that are too hard can cause gums to recede. While your gums are pretty tough, they can’t stand up to being battered every day through hard brushing habits.

If you notice something is different with your gums, then schedule an appointment with Firewheel Dental Implants and Periodontics today. We will check your gum health and help prevent further issues if your gums are receding.  Click here to watch Dr. Gandhi discuss the virtually painless gum recession treatments he offers.

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