Gum recession is a common problem, but most people are unaware they have receding gums as this condition gradually develops over time. If your gums begin to recede, they will gradually pull away from your teeth, exposing more of the crown of the tooth and even the tooth root. You might notice your teeth become more sensitive to hot or cold, or that they look longer than you remember. Often gum recession can be one of the first signs of gum disease, where the gums have become infected with bacteria and are gradually being destroyed.
As gums recede, this can lead to pockets or gaps forming in between the teeth and the gums. These gum pockets are the perfect home for disease-causing anaerobic bacteria. If you don’t get treatment at this stage, these bacteria will continue to produce toxins that will eventually destroy the tissues and bone surrounding your teeth, and ultimately you may lose these teeth.
In spite of the importance of having healthy gums, statistics from the Canadian Dental Association show that seven out of ten Canadians will develop gum disease at some point during their lifetime, and it is very important to detect and treat this disease before it becomes too serious.
This is one reason why we recommend regular check-ups at Tsawwassen Place Dental, as we will measure the depth of any gum pockets, which provides us with a good indication as to whether you have this disease, and the level of its progression. Gum disease is an insidious disease. While it may cause bleeding gums, it often creates very few symptoms at all, and for this reason is sometimes called a silent disease.
Yes, there are a number of reasons why your gums might recede, and these include:
Regular professional dental care combined with good dental care at home can help prevent gum recession. There are also numerous procedures that can help treat this condition, and which can repair some of the damage caused by gum recession.
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* Source: Canadian Dental Association
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