Gum recession is not fun to cope with no matter how old you are, but it is a common dental problem that we see very often. A lot of patients don’t realize that they have gum recession until they spot some of the common signs and symptoms of it. Gum recession is the exposure of the roots of the teeth after a loss of gum tissue.

Most of the time, patients over the age of 40 commonly experience gum recession; however, even teenagers can notice the signs occurring. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of gum recession is essential if you want to reverse it before it develops into periodontal disease.

Signs & Symptoms To Look Out For

Here are some very common signs and symptoms that you should be aware of so that you can recognize gum recession.

Sensitive Teeth

When the gums pull back from the teeth, the root is exposed. The build-up of plaque or tartar causes the gum to pull away from the tooth This can destroy the structural support of the tooth. It becomes difficult to keep clean. Sensitivity arises with root exposure. If you notice added sensitivity, you need to book an appointment with us today. We will conduct an exam and discuss a course of treatment with you.

Sore Gums

In the early stages of gingivitis or gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush or touch them. Gum disease is one of the causes of recession, and the early stages can be recognized by:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath

Long Teeth

Have you ever heard of the phrase, “looking a little long in the teeth?” It refers mainly to those of advanced age, as this is when the gum recession is common. When the gums recede, your teeth look much longer than normal. It’s something that can negatively affect your oral health, not just your appearance.

Root Exposure

Additional exposure can become very uncomfortable to experience when sensitivity to hot and cold is increased. It can be another sign of gum disease. Of course, discomfort can also happen when you brush and floss. When you brush your teeth, use soft bristles and gentle pressure..

Loose Teeth

If you have noticed your teeth feel loose, you could be dealing with bacteria under the gums and around the teeth. When this happens, the gums move away from the teeth, which diminishes the support around the tooth.

Your gums are as important as any other area of your body, and when it comes to your health, you need to watch your gums first. If you are in any way concerned about the way your gums feel and look, speaking to us will help. Schedule an appointment today, and you could be on your way to healthier gums in no time at all.


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