Gum recession refers to the process in which the gum tissue around the teeth pulls away or wears down, exposing more tooth root. Since the bottom surfaces of teeth do not have protective enamel covering them, the exposed roots are more susceptible to both sensitivity and decay. Because gum recession occurs slowly, many people don’t even realize they have a potential problem. Gum recession is a very common problem that we diagnose and treat regularly for patients in and around Wilmington and Dover, DE. It’s important that this problem is detected early so the actual cause of the receding gums can be determined.
Causes of Gum Recession
There are a variety of causes of gum recession
- Periodontal disease
- Overly-aggressive brushing or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Poor oral hygiene
- Tobacco usage
- Partial dentures that don’t fit properly
How to Tell if You Have Gum Recession
Here is a short guide that can help you determine if you have receding gums:
- Healthy gums are firm, light pink, and very elastic. If your gums don’t fit that description, it’s time to visit our Dover periodontist for an examination. If your gums are red and puffy and not as firm as they used to be, it’s likely that you have early stage periodontal disease and receding gums.
- Healthy gums don’t bleed easily. If your gums bleed easily when brushing or flossing, you may have receding gums.
- Do your teeth appear to be longer than they were before? When you look closely at your teeth in the mirror, do you notice that you are seeing more tooth surfaces they you used to? This is one of the easiest ways to tell if your gums are receding. When gums recede, more of the tooth is visible.
- Are your teeth sensitive? Tooth sensitivity is an early indicator of gum recession. If you feel more discomfort than usual when you bite down or chew, your gums may have receded.
- Are your teeth loose? If your teeth are loose, you may have advanced gum recession and severe periodontal disease. Loose teeth are a sign that the supporting bone structure of the teeth has deteriorated by the bacteria in diseased gums. If the mobility of your teeth is severe, you could end up losing those teeth so it’s imperative to see a periodontist right away.
How Dr. Klassman Treats Gum Recession & Periodontal Disease
When you visit us for treatment for your receding gums, Dr. Klassman will provide you with a thorough examination, followed by a discussion, which will include him asking you some questions to help him determine what has caused your gums to recede. He will then tell you what his treatment recommendation is, based on his findings and your individual case.
Contact Us Today
If you suspect that you have gum recession, it’s important to visit a periodontist for a consultation. To set up an appointment with Dr. Klassman, please call our office at (302) 658-7871 or request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you soon and providing you with the periodontal care you need for a healthy and happy smile!