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The Lowdown on Gum Recession: What You Should Know

April 30, 2024

Take a moment to check out your smile in the mirror. Do you see firm, pink gums hugging each tooth tightly, or has some of that gum tissue pulled back to reveal longer-than-usual crowns or even part of the yellowish root? If it's the latter, then you might be dealing with gum recession.

Gum recession is a common issue, but one that can have serious consequences if left untreated. At Appleseed Dental, we offer comprehensive care to help prevent and manage this condition, ensuring your smile stays healthy and bright.

What Causes Gums to Recede?

There are several factors that can contribute to gum recession. These include:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits and infrequent dental visits: This can lead to a buildup of plaque and tartar, which can cause periodontal disease.
  • Overly vigorous brushing techniques
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Crowded teeth or a misaligned bite

Why Early Intervention is Crucial

Gum recession can be painless and gradual, often going unnoticed by the person affected. However, even without symptoms of discomfort, gum recession can still pose a threat to your oral health. As the gums pull back, more vulnerable parts of the tooth are exposed, which may lead to sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. In addition, if left untreated, gum recession can progress further, damaging both the hard and soft tissue support of teeth, leading to decay on the roots of teeth, and compromising the overall health and appearance of your smile.

How We Can Help

As experienced dental professionals, you can trust that your oral health is in good hands at our office. We'll work with you to identify and address the factors causing your gum recession and provide comprehensive care to support optimal periodontal health. Our goal is to halt gum disease progression and, wherever possible, regenerate lost tissue around the teeth.

To learn more about our practice and the services we offer, give us a call today!

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