Receding Gums

Receding Gums: What are they? Causes and Symptoms

What are they?

Gum recession refers to when gum tissue surrounding the teeth begins to wear away/pull a greater portion of the tooth. When left untreated, receding gums can damage the bone structure and supporting tissue of the teeth and can – in the worst case – ultimately lead to loss of the tooth.

Gum recession is quite a common dental issue and most people who experience receding gums do not realise as it takes place gradually, making the signs hard to spot. Also, sometimes there are almost no initial symptoms.

Gum recession should not be ignored, and you should schedule an appointment with your doctor at the earliest upon suspecting any of the symptoms.

Causes

  • Gum infection/periodontal (gum) disease/inflamed gums can result in the damage and destruction of gum tissue which eventually causes gum recession.
  • Aggressive brushing may cause erosion of dental enamel then gum recession.
  • Inadequate dental care such as
    • Not brushing regularly/properly
    • Not flossing regularly/properly
    • Not rinsing your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash
    • Skipping dental check-ups and cleans every 4-6 months
  • Genetics and hormonal changes including menopause and pregnancy
  • Grinding/clenching teeth which puts increasing pressure on your teeth
  • Crooked teeth and a misaligned bite which can cause too much force coming on the gums while chewing, biting and eating

Risk Factors

  • Age is a key risk factor for receding gums. Around 88 percent of people older than 65 years have a receding gum in at least one tooth.
  • People who smoke and use tobacco products also face an increased risk of receding gums.
  • Genetics is another factor, as people who have thin or weak gums can pass these characteristics on via their genes.
  • Diabetes can also increase the risk of receding gums.

Symptoms

Can have no symptoms, but people may experience:

  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth to hot/cold
  • Tooth loss
  • Appearance of lengthening teeth

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or have any concerns, please feel free to contact us on:

FAIRFIELD (02) 9723 3366

GREGORY HILLS (02) 7200 7333

We offer a range of treatments and are happy to talk about which is the perfect one to meet your needs.

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