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Gum Recession

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 gum disease.

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 dental implants.

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 gum recession.
  • 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 gum recession.
  • 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 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 consultation with Dr. Roya Mirkhan.

We will explain your options and develop a customized treatment plan that will deliver incredible results! Give us a call today at (858) 348-5859!

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