Should you be worried about receding gums?
Have you noticed that your gums have changed their appearance? Are your
teeth appearing longer than you remember? If so, you may have receding
gums. Gum recession is the process where the margin of gum tissue that
surrounds your teeth either wears away, pulls back, or exposes more of
a tooth or the tooth's root. Gum recession may be the first warning sign of
With gum recession, "pockets" or gaps form between the teeth
and gum line, creating a space where disease-causing bacteria can build
up. If this condition is left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone
structures of the teeth can suffer extensive damage, ultimately leading
to tooth loss and possibly the need for dentures or
If you believe that your gums are receding, you are not alone as this is
a very common dental problem. Because it occurs gradually, most people
are not aware that their gums are receding. Usually, the first sign of
gum recession is tooth sensitivity, which you will notice when you are
brushing your teeth, or eating cold foods. Another way that people notice
gum recession is a tooth begins to look longer than it used to. Often,
a notch exists near the gum line that can be easily felt when touched.
Don't Ignore Gum Recession
If you think you may have receding gums, this is something you do not want
to ignore. We recommend that you contact our San Diego office to make
an appointment with
Dr. Roya Mirkhan. Fortunately, there are treatments available that can repair the gums and
prevent further damage from occurring.
Receding gums are caused by a number of factors, including:
Periodontal Disease – A bacterial gum infection that destroys gum tissue and the supporting
bone that holds teeth in place. Gum disease is the most common cause of
Genes –Some people are more genetically prone to gum disease than others.
Aggressive Tooth Brushing – Brushing one's teeth too hard can cause tooth enamel to wear
away and gums to recede.
Inadequate Dental Care – Poor dental hygiene causes plaque and tartar to build up, which
causes gum recession.
Hormonal Changes – Fluctuations in female hormones during puberty, pregnancy and menopause
can increase gum sensitivity and lead to gum recession.
Tobacco Products – Tobacco users are likely to have sticky plaque deposits on their
teeth that are not only stubborn, but can cause gum recession.
Grinding Your Teeth – Grinding your teeth can place too much stress on the teeth, causing
Crooked Teeth – If you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, too much force
can be placed on your gums and bone, causing gum recession.
Body Piercings – Body piercings on the lip or tongue can rub and irritate the gums
to the point where gum tissue is worn away.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our San Diego Dentist
Whether you want to prevent gum recession from occurring through regular
dental exams and cleanings, or if you believe you have receding gums, we encourage you to
contact our office to arrange a free consultation with Dr. Roya Mirkhan.
We will explain your options and develop a customized treatment plan that
will deliver incredible results!