Spotting Signs and Symptoms of Gum Recession

It might seem as if you are being bombarded with tons of information on gum disease these days. Even though you might not worry about your chances of developing this major dental condition. You should still adhere to a foundational dental care regimen and try to maintain a healthy diet to ensure your oral wellbeing last as long as you do. Nonetheless, you should always keep in mind that a person's teeth don't become infected and damaged overnight.

Early signs of this dental condition can appear even if you make every effort to maintain a great oral hygiene routine. If these conditions are left untreated they can easily lead to you developing advanced gingivitis or other periodontal misfortunes. Gum recession is one of the more common forms of gum disease.    

Gum recession typically refers to the process in which your gum tissue slowly deteriorates over time, gradually pulling itself away from what it was originally attached to. When this happens, gaps or spaces commonly labeled as “pockets” will form between your teeth. These areas are more susceptible to disease-causing bacteria infiltrating your immune system, leading to oral complications like gum disease. Vice-versa gum recession itself can be a by-product of gum disease.      

Things to Lookout For

The best way to avoid a potentially painful gum recession is by tackling it early. Here are a few other indicators of a receding gum line you should look out for:

  • Chronic halitosis: This tends to happen when bacteria develops and forms between the exposed gaps and spaces of your teeth and gums
  • Longer or bigger-looking teeth: When your teeth start to seem as if they are growing in size, it’s not because your teeth are getting bigger. This means your gum line is getting smaller  
  • Sensitive teeth: Your gum line can recede to the point of exposing the roots of your teeth. Once this happens, your teeth become much more sensitive to external temperatures

For more information

If you've already started noticing any of the mentioned signs and symptoms from above, don't fret; Dr. James R. Pace Sr and the amazing dental team at Belle Meade Family Dentistry can help deal with your gum recession well before it leads to a more serious issue. To sit down and discuss the treatment options for gum recession, contact our Nashville, Tennessee location today.

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