Do your teeth look longer than they used to? Are you suffering from tooth sensitivity when you consume hot or cold drinks? These are signs that your gums are receding. While gum recession can certainly be a cosmetic concern, it can also point to an oral health problem that needs to be addressed. At Exceptional Smiles, we will customize a treatment plan for your receding gums based on the specific cause of your condition.
Gum recession can occur due to many reasons. The gums may gradually recede during the natural aging process, or you may have a certain oral habit that is causing your gums to shrink down. However, a leading cause of gum recession is gum disease. When the gums become inflamed or infected from tartar buildup, they tend to recede and even pull away from the tooth root over time. In such cases, periodontal therapy should be initiated to stop your gum recession and restore your gum health.
Relief for Bleeding or Swollen Gums
If disease or infection is present, the gums will respond with outward signs of irritation. Along with gum recession, you may notice that your gums look swollen or puffy, or they may bleed easily when you brush. While you may dismiss bleeding gums as a minor disruption, it can be the first warning sign of gingivitis, or early gum disease. It is important that you recognize these initial symptoms so that you can take action to prevent the progression of gum disease. In many cases, bleeding or swollen gums can be easily remedied by brushing better, getting a professional dental cleaning or flossing more regularly.
Don’t ignore your receding or bleeding gums. At Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook, we have dental experts who are equipped to restore your gums. Keep in mind that the foundation of your smile depends on the health of your gums. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.