Gum Recession Can Lead to Tooth Loss

Dr. Craig Janssen and his team have a variety of options at their disposal to treat gum recession and periodontal disease. Gum recession occurs when the gums pull back from the roots of your teeth, a potentially serious condition that can result in tooth loss and affect the health of your entire mouth.

What Causes Gum Recession?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the primary cause of gum recession. Gum disease involves the accumulation of harmful bacteria between the teeth and gums that can continue to grow if left untreated. This is a serious condition because gum tissue does not grow back.

Some other causes of gum recession are:

  • Genetics
  • Over-Aggressive Tooth Brushing
  • Poor Dental Hygiene
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Tobacco Use
  • Grinding or Clenching of Teeth
  • Crooked Teeth or Bite Misalignment
  • Oral Piercing

Symptoms of Gum Recession

The quickest way to determine if your gums are receding is if the roots of your teeth are becoming exposed, often leading to sensitivity to hot and cold drinks or food. This can happen so gradually that you may not notice until you feel discomfort.

You may be able to check yourself for gum recession by checking your smile in the mirror for teeth that appear longer than others. Also, it may be a sign that your gums are receding if you can feel a small notch or dent on a tooth near the gum line.

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