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Receding Gums
November 22, 2009

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Receding Gums

The Receding Gum Line ~ Causes And Treatment

Receding gums is a common sign of aging especially for individuals over the age of 40. By that time your teeth have taken a lot of wear and tear.

However, it’s important to know that receding gums may be indicative of other conditions. This article examines receding gums, their causes and what to do about it.

The Root of the Matter:

Generally speaking the most common cause of receding is periodontal disease. 75 percent of adults have gum disease at some stage of development.

Periodontal disease happens because bacteria and plaque builds up on the teeth. That, in turn, irritates the gums sometimes to the point of inflammation.

This inflammation can begin to kill healthy gum tissue, so the gum recedes.

Gingivitis can be recognized even early on. A person’s gums will start to become red. They may swell or bleed after brushing. If the gingivitis gets worse it can actually destroy underlying bone along with the soft tissue. That means the teeth in that region may become loose to the point of having to be extracted.

Other Causes of Receding Gums Include:

- harsh brushing (being overly aggressive with the toothbrush)
- eating disorders (anorexia)
- teeth grinding (Bruxism)
- adult orthodonics
- piercings in the mouth
- genetics (inherited predisposition)

Some warning signs that your gums may be receding include having very sensitive teeth (hot and cold), a tooth’s color changing, larger spaces between your teeth, and below the gum cavities.

Preventing Receding Gums:

If you’ve got gingivitis there is still time to correct the problem and work toward good oral hygiene. First, definitely get to a dentist and have a professional cleaning. Within a week of that visit your gums will look pink instead of red as long as you’re taking good care of them.

Dentists recommend brushing your gums with a soft toothbrush, and using floss to keep food and plaque from building up (and producing germs).

Sensitive Receding Gums:

If your gums have already receded there is the option of getting a tissue graft to protect the exposed area. However, this is a costly process and may require pre-approval by your insurance agency. Discuss your options with your dentist and get a list of products that will help with the sensitivity that often occurs as teeth recede.

Bottom Line:

The health of your gums is very important to overall oral health. In their adult life about 13 million people will loose a tooth due to periodontal disease in any given year.

Considering that there are 22 types of bacteria that live in our gums, the biggest aid to avoiding receding gums is having good oral hygiene. That means brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily for minimally two minutes each time, flossing regularly, and gargling with a good mouthwash that combats germs.




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