Gum recession is one of the major warning signs that you may be at the beginning stage of gum disease. With this being said it’s very important that if you begin to experience receding gums you reach out to your dentist as soon as you can to schedule an examination. Also, if caught in its beginning stages the effects of gum disease can be reversed, but if gum disease treatment is prolonged and the gum disease advances this can be detrimental not only to your oral health but to your overall health. What is gum recession?
What Is Gum Recession?
Gum recession occurs when your gum tissue begins to recede and it either pulls back or away from your teeth leaving the root of the tooth exposed. When the root of the tooth is exposed a pocket is created between the gum line and the teeth. This pocket is the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and if left untreated these bacteria can start to make its way to the rest of the body through the bloodstream. Also, once bacteria have entered into your bloodstream and spread to the rest of the body it can start to cause other systemic diseases within the body such as heart disease. In order to protect your mouth against developing gum recession it’s important to understand what risk factors are associated with it.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Some risk factors can be controlled, but others are out of your hands. Gum recession is often caused by:
Prevent Gum Recession
Although, there are steps you can take at home to try and prevent the development of gum recession the number one form of prevention is maintaining regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist. Contact our office to schedule an examination with our dentist so you can be diagnosed and treated.