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Is Gum Recession Destroying Your Smile?

Posted in Receding Gums

Gum recession is when the gums around your teeth gradually shrink away. This leaves the sensitive and dark yellow tooth roots exposed to food, air, and bacteria. Gum recession both looks and feels bad.

Gums Are Invaluable to Your Smile

Your gums prevent cavities from developing on tooth roots. They also form part of a network that helps nourish, anchor, and cushion your teeth in their sockets. Losing gums is an early step towards tooth loss.

How Gum Recession Happens

Receding gums can be a natural part of the aging process, especially if it runs in your family. Quite often, however, it’s due to irritation such as rough tooth brushing or pinching from a partial denture. It can also be the result of swelling from gum disease.

Do You Have Gum Recession?

Your gums might be receding if you notice:

  • Teeth getting longer and yellower
  • Tooth sensitivity to temperature changes
  • Puffy sore gums

Gum Recession Is Preventable!

Unfortunately, once your gums are lost they’re gone for good. They don’t grow back on their own. The good news is that you can usually do something to slow down or stop receding gums.

Start by making the switch to a toothbrush with soft bristles. Powered toothbrushes are also good for preventing gum recession. Try brushing with your non-dominant hand so that you use a little less pressure.

Ask your dentist to check your teeth to see if changes to your dental appliances or tooth alignment can stop gum recession. Your dentist may also recommend therapies for restoring lost gums or protecting the exposed tooth roots.

Call a general dentist in your area to learn more about saving your smile from gum recession.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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