Did you know that gum recession can affect practically anyone, even if they have a healthy oral hygiene routine? In fact, an overly-aggressive dental hygiene routine is one of the common causes of gum recession (although gum disease is the primary cause). Depending on the severity of the condition, receding gums may be difficult to recognize without help from an experienced Warren dentist. If you suspect you may have receding gums, here are a few common symptoms to look for.
1. Tooth Sensitivity
As gum tissue recedes, it begins to expose the tooth root to air, water and temperature changes. This can lead to increased tooth sensitivity. Sharp pain that is triggered by consuming cold, hot or sweet foods and drinks is a common symptom of increased tooth sensitivity due to receding gums.
2. Loose Teeth
If one or more of your teeth feel slightly loose, you may have a gum recession problem. When the gums begin to recede, they no longer provide adequate support to the teeth. If treatment is not received for severely receded gums, tooth loss can occur.
3. Elongated Teeth
As the gums recede, they expose a greater surface area of the teeth. This can cause the teeth to look elongated and out of proportion. If you have recently noticed a change in the size of your teeth, you may want to visit our dentist for a gum recession consultation.
4. Bad Breath
Bad breath is a common symptom of gum disease, which is the one of the top causes of receding gums. If you brush and floss regularly but still experience noticeable bad breath on a regular basis, you could have a serious gum infection that should be treated as quickly as possible.
Improve Your Gum Health
The health of your gums is a good indication of your overall health. Improve your gum health by treating the underlying cause of your receding gums. To get started, schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Bedich, experienced Warren dentist, by calling The Center for Progressive Dentistry today.