Receding gums are often one of the first signs of gum disease. It is also a common dental problem that can go unnoticed. Most people afflicted with receding gums do not notice because the process occurs gradually. Leaving it untreated can cause serious damage that could be avoided.
Gum recession is usually a result of periodontal disease and is the process in which the tissue surrounding the teeth wears away or pulls back. As the gum tissue recedes, more of the tooth or the root becomes exposed.
Receding gums create pockets or gaps between the teeth and the gum line. These pockets allow for disease-causing bacteria to build up. Untreated bacteria can cause damage to the supporting tissue and to the bone structure of the teeth. The damage may ultimately result in tooth loss.
Tooth sensitivity is usually the first sign of receding gums. The appearance of your teeth may also be an indication that your gums are receding. Your teeth may appear longer than normal at the base where it meets the gum line. Another way to tell may be a noticeable notch that can be felt near the gum line.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is usually the main cause of receding gums. As a symptom of gum disease, receding gums can exacerbate an already existing problem and cause further damage. Gum disease is a bacterial infection, but is not always the result of poor dental hygiene. Some people have a genetic predisposition to gum disease regardless of how they care for their teeth.
Receding gums is not something you want to ignore. Damage may already be done, but further damage can be prevented by making an appointment with Dr. Tiger, a periodontist for New City, NY. If you think you may have gum recession, come see Dr. Tiger and address a serious issue that could be remedied.