5 Early Signs Of Receding Gums Shared By Los Angeles Periodontists
Gum recession is the gradual wearing away of gum tissue surrounding the teeth, causing them to become exposed, sometimes down to the root. This creates a gap between the teeth and the gum line, also known as “pockets,” which can cause bacteria to build up and cause gum disease.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Dr. Alexandre Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky understand there is no single reason for your gums to start receding. Studies have found that poor oral health/care, living an unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking or having a bad diet, or even a change in your hormones can all be contributing factors in making your gums recede.
Fortunately, because gum recession is gradual, it can be spotted early on and treated before it becomes a problem. That’s why it’s very important to pay close attention to your teeth and gums and lookout for changes that could point towards future problems with receding gums.
Five Early Warning Signs Of Gum Recession:
Spaces between the teeth appear to be getting wider: Pay attention to the gap between your teeth, especially when flossing. If you notice that there is more space that usual, you may be at the early stages of gum recession.
You notice a change in the tooth’s color: We all love the idea of pearly white teeth, so when we notice a discoloration, we tend to pay attention to it. If you spot your teeth changing color and becoming duller, or slightly yellow, treat it as a warning sign.
You have over-sensitivity in your teeth: We’ve all experienced it before and most of us brush it off if it’s not consistent. Sensitivity in our teeth happens for a reason, and one of those reasons could be gum recession.
Your teeth appear longer than usual: Your teeth are always growing, albeit at an incredibly slow rate. In fact, the only thing stopping your teeth getting bigger is the tooth it rests on from the opposite bite. If you notice that your teeth appear longer than usual, it is safe to say that it’s not them growing at a faster rate than usual, but more your gums exposing more of the tooth at the root.
Your gums feel tender or bleeding occurs after brushing: As one of the most obvious signs of gum recession, and indeed, gum disease, bleeding or tender gums should not be ignored. Not only can the feeling be very uncomfortable, it also can be the biggest sign that your gums are beginning to recede.
Contact a Los Angeles Periodontist Today!
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you could be experiencing the early signs of gum recession. At the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal and Implant Therapy, Los Angeles periodontists Dr. Alexandre Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky can help determine the the proper diagnosis for you receding gums. If you would like to book an appointment at our Brentwood periodontal facility or discuss any concerns you have with oral care, please call the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy at (310) 299-8329.
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