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Discovering Gum Recession: What Every Smile Should Know

June 10, 2024

When you look at your smile, do the gums around each tooth appear pink, firm, and evenly contoured? Or have they pulled back to reveal longer-looking teeth or the yellowish upper portion of the root? The latter scenario could indicate gum recession. This condition is not only unattractive but can also lead to serious oral health issues if left untreated. At Terry R. Soule, DDS, we provide comprehensive care to support optimal periodontal health and help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

What Causes Gums to Recede?

There are several factors that can contribute to gum recession. These include:

  • Poor oral hygiene practices and infrequent dental visits, leading to a buildup of plaque and tartar that may result in periodontal disease.
  • Aggressive tooth-brushing habits
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Tooth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
  • Crowding or a misaligned bite

Why You Should Seek Professional Dental Care for Gum Recession

While gum recession can make your teeth appear longer and may result in increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods, it can also progress without any symptoms of discomfort. Many people don't even realize they have a problem until the appearance of their teeth changes significantly. In these cases, the only indication that a periodontal issue is present is the gradual disappearance of gum tissue around the teeth. Regardless of whether you experience pain or notice a change in your smile, it's essential to contact our office for professional care. If left untreated, gum recession can lead to further damage to the hard and soft tissues supporting your teeth, tooth decay on the roots of your teeth, and compromise the overall health and appearance of your smile.

Protecting Your Oral Health: Tips and Techniques

As experienced dental professionals, we're committed to providing high-quality care that addresses all aspects of your oral health. We'll evaluate the factors contributing to your gum recession and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you maintain optimal periodontal health. Our services include:

  • Comprehensive dental exams and cleanings
  • Dental sealants to protect teeth from decay
  • Custom-fitted mouthguards for bruxism sufferers
  • Tooth-colored fillings and other restorative treatments

At the office of Terry R. Soule, DDS, we're dedicated to providing compassionate, personalized care that helps you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, give us a call today.