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Is Any Amount of Gum Recession Normal?

Posted on 7/30/2017 by Doctor Southard
Check if you have gum recession by contacting Midwest Periodontics.
Receding gums is a condition in which the gum tissue surrounding your teeth begins to pull away from your teeth and wears away. As your gums recede, more surface area of your teeth is exposed, and eventually exposes your roots, leading to sensitivity. Your roots are left open to bacterial attack. Untreated, gum recession can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Causes of Recession

There are several factors that can cause your gums to recede, but gum disease is one of the most common causes for recession. As bacteria attack your gums, they begin to pull away from your teeth, allowing for bacteria to fall below. As bacteria continue to multiply, recession worsens.

What Does Age Have to Do with It?

While many causes of gum disease are preventable, aging is not. Gum recession simply occurs naturally as you get older. That doesn't mean that it's any less harmful. The more your gums recede, the more your teeth are susceptible to sensitivity, damage and potential loss.

What Can You Do?

Continued gum recession can lead to serious problems, and therefore should not be ignored. Many causes of gum disease can be prevented. Check your medications. Eat a well-balanced diet. Quit smoking. Have medical conditions treated and managed. Don’t forget to brush your teeth, floss and visit your dentist regularly. And, while you can’t stop the clock, oral hygiene and dental visits are essential. Your dentist will be able to monitor your gums and help you to take the proper measures to ensure your teeth and mouth stay healthy.

No amount of gum recession is normal, and it can lead to some serious problems. If you notice changes in your gums, contact your dentist right away. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (816) 207-4005.
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Steven Southard DDS, MS
Midwest Periodontics
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St Joseph, MO 64506

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