As gum disease sets in, the gums may pull back from the tooth and expose the roots. This is referred to as gum recession and is common in adults 40 and older, although it may start in the early teenage years if the teeth are not cared for properly. While brushing, flossing and seeing a dental health professional regularly can aid in the prevention of gum disease, we have four signs to watch for if you are concerned those steps haven’t worked.
1. Longer Teeth
If your teeth seem to be getting longer, you may be dealing with gum recession in Boardman, OH. As the gums receded, the teeth may appear to be longer than you remember. This can affect the health of your gums and teeth and make you uncomfortable with your smile.
2. Tender Gums
As periodontal disease is left untreated, the gums may become tender or swollen. If the problem is left unchecked, the damage can be extensive to your mouth. Watch for a persistent foul taste or bad breath, bleeding gums, purple, swollen or red gums and a tenderness to the area.
3. Sensitive Teeth
As tartar and plaque build-up, the gums receded and may begin to destroy the tooth’s support. Pockets will then form in the gums surrounding the tooth, and it becomes very difficult to keep clean. This often makes the problem worse. If your teeth seem to be more sensitive, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bedich.
4. Loose Teeth
One of the worst parts of periodontal disease and gum recession is that as the tissue and bone holding the teeth in place disappears, the teeth may become loose or fall out.
Your Treatment Options
Fortunately, gum recession can be treated before the outcome is devastating or debilitating. At
The Center for Progressive Dentistry, we offer the pinhole surgical technique that allows patients to have a healthier smile without the risks associated with traditional surgery. Call us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.