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How Do I Know If I Have Receding Gums?

Posted on 12/19/2022 by Evan
How Do I Know If I Have Receding Gums?You may not know this, but a lot of people suffer from receding gums. In fact, nearly 50% of the population has receding gums, and 70% of adults over 65 have receding gums. Receding gums are a sign of gum disease. Here is some information about receding gums and how to prevent them.

What Are Receding Gums?

Receding gums happen when gum tissue shrinks back or wears away. This gum shrinking may not be noticeable at first, but you may notice that your teeth look larger or longer than they had previously. You might also notice your gums look puffy and red because your gums may be infected or swollen.

Causes of Receding Gums

The primary reason you have receding gums is usually because of periodontal disease. There are three stages of gum disease. The first stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, causes red, swollen or bleeding gums; but it is easily treated.

With gingivitis, you can begin a better dental routine. Practice good brushing and flossing techniques and visit your dentist regularly.

If you have periodontitis or advanced periodontitis, you are at either Stage Two or Stage Three of the disease. You can improve your dental routine, but you will also need an advanced deep-cleaning procedure from your periodontist or dentist.

In the late stages of periodontal disease, your gums may be so diseased that they contribute to tooth loss because your gums have receded back to the bare bone. Your teeth become loose and may fall out, leaving an empty socket. Luckily, if you catch periodontal disease early, your receding gums could soon become a thing of the past.

If you are worried that you have receding gums, we can help. Why not visit us for more information?

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