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Discovering Gum Recession: What You Should Know

March 25, 2024

Take a moment to take a good look at your teeth in the mirror. Do you see any pink, firm gum tissue around each tooth's base or has it pulled back revealing longer-looking crowns and the yellowish upper portion of the root? If it's the latter, this indicates that you are dealing with receding gums.

Gum recession can pose significant problems for your oral health if not addressed promptly. At the office of Terry R. Soule, DDS, we provide comprehensive care to preserve and maintain optimal periodontal health.

Understanding What Causes Gums to Recede

Gum recession is a result of several factors, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits and infrequent dental visits: These lead to the buildup of plaque and tartar, which can cause gum disease.
  • Overly aggressive tooth-brushing techniques
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Fluctuating hormone levels due to puberty, pregnancy, and menopause
  • Smoking or using tobacco products
  • Tooth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
  • Crowding or a misaligned bite

Why Early Detection and Treatment are Crucial

Gum recession is often painless, so it may not be immediately obvious to you if you have the condition. In some cases, the only indication of gum recession might be teeth that appear unusually long or unattractive. Whatever your specific situation may be, it's essential to seek professional care from our office as soon as possible. If left untreated, gum recession can lead to tooth decay in the exposed roots, further damage to the soft and hard tissue surrounding the teeth, and compromise the overall health and appearance of your smile.

Protecting Your Smile's Health: What You Can Do

As experts in dental care, you can trust that your oral health is in good hands with us. We will determine the best approach for treating and reversing gum recession by eliminating or reducing factors that contribute to it. Our office offers a wide range of services aimed at supporting optimal oral health, halting periodontal disease progression, and, when possible, regenerating lost gum tissue around your teeth.

At the office of Terry R. Soule, DDS, we're committed to providing the highest quality of compassionate dental care. For more information on our services or how to maintain good oral health, get in touch with us today.