It might be a surprise for some, but researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that almost half of the adult American population suffer from some type or periodontal or gum disease. The cases vary in severity. However, the probability of being afflicted significantly doubles as one gets older.
Gum recession is a common type of periodontal disease, which is usually characterized by red, swollen and tender gums. Unfortunately, receding gums does not happen overnight. It happens subtly and gradually that most people don’t even realize they have it until it evolves into something that is too painful to be ignored.
How Would You Know If Your Gums Are Receding?
Since gum disease builds up over time, recognizing its symptoms will be helpful to prevent it from permanently damaging and losing your teeth. Some telltale signs that you are about to suffer receding gums in the near future are lengthening of teeth, having exposed tooth roots, and loose teeth.
Lengthening of teeth. If you are an ardent fan of the supernatural, you might find the visible lengthening of your teeth quite fascinating. However, any decent dentist with years of professional experience will tell you, long teeth is a guaranteed early sign of an impending periodontal disease. If your teeth look longer than normal, it might mean that your gums are being actively worn out, causing your gum tissue to recede and expose more of your teeth.
Loose tooth. Certainly, a loose tooth is a very obvious sign of a periodontal disease. Though loose teeth are generally attributed to poor dental hygiene, it can also be caused a bacterial build up from the gap made by your receding gums.
Exposed tooth root. Exposed roots have very painful and uncomfortable implications as it makes your tooth vulnerable and sensitive to anything that comes in close contact with it. Unlike the visible lengthening of your tooth, which can be accounted to aging, exposed tooth roots are mainly caused by aggressive hygiene habits (e.g. brushing your teeth too hard).
Receding Gums Treatment and Medication
Practicing good dental care habits and making some lifestyle changes can help you slow down the gum recession. It should be noted, though, that it cannot be stopped completely nor can you reverse the process to return your gums to its original state. After all, the probability of suffering receding gums increases to 70.1% as you get older.
Regular visits to your dentist can help to delay the inevitable gum recession. Taking certain antibiotics and other medications can also help alleviate the pain caused by receding gums. However, for those whose gums have receded quite a bit and are physically suffering for it, there is still one way to get through gum recession by undergoing a relatively safe procedure known as gum grafting surgery. Consult a dentist today to learn your options on how to treat receding gums.
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