What Do I Do With Receding Gums?
Receding gums is a commonly ignored and overlooked condition in adults, even though untreated receding gums can lead to severe consequences. When gums recede, they expose the roots of the teeth., leading to discomfort, sore jaw, tooth decay, tooth loss, periodontal disease, and a sore jaw. Gum recession creates gaps, or pockets, between the teeth that invite disease-causing bacteria to build up. Although gum recession is such a common ailment, it often goes unnoticed by patients until the rather late stages because of its gradual nature.
After the age of 40, there is an increased risk of gums receding. However, many people will notice their effects even much earlier than that. If you look closely at your gumline and notice that it is shrinking away from the teeth, then it is likely that you are suffering from gum recession. Another way to tell is if your teeth are looking longer, as a result of the roots being exposed. Many also notice that when they run a finger across the top of their teeth, they can feel notches. Also, because the roots are much more sensitive than the rest of the teeth, many also experience discomfort when eating hot or cold foods.
If caught early enough, gum recession can be countered by a deep cleaning by your dentist. However, if the damage is more severe, where the loss of bone is significant and the pockets have become too deep, gum surgery may be required.
If you think that you may be suffering from receding gums, contact Tadros Dental as soon as possible to avoid any further damage, complications, or discomfort.