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Signs of Gum Resorption

Posted on 6/15/2017 by Doctor Southard
A man suffering from a missing tooth.
Gum resorption, or gum recession, is often caused by gum disease, a serious oral health condition in which bacteria attack your gum tissue. Your gums become inflamed, and pull away from your teeth, causing the tissue to die off.

While the most common cause, it is not the only one. Resorption can also be caused by other issues, such as misaligned teeth, bruxism, brushing too hard, genetics and hormonal changes.

Toothy Grin

One of the most obvious signs of gum resorption is a "toothy grin." Suddenly, you look in the mirror, and your teeth look longer than they used to. More than a health concern, especially if you have gum disease, a toothy smile can make you self-conscious, causing you to take every measure necessary to hide your smile from the world.

Exposed Roots and Sensitivity

The further down your gums recede, the more exposed your teeth become, which also means more surface area is open to bacterial attack. After enough time, the roots of your teeth can become exposed.

When that happens, you can experience sensitivity to foods that are very hot or very cold. Spicy, acidic and salty foods may also pose an issue. You may even experience sensitivity by breathing in cold air.

Loose or Missing Teeth

Without sufficient gum tissue surrounding your teeth, your teeth can become loose. If you are suffering with gum disease, this can be exacerbated by the loss of supporting bone mass. If your teeth become exceptionally loose, you may even suffer tooth loss, which can then lead to a significant loss of confidence.

Resorption occurs slowly, so it isn't always immediately evident. Taking steps to keep your mouth clean, with regular brushing and flossing is important.

Regular visits to the dentist are also critical, as your dentist is trained to spot early warning signs before you can. If you have noticed signs of resorption, contact our office right away.

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Steven Southard DDS, MS
Midwest Periodontics
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St Joseph, MO 64506

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