Do you suffer from sensitive teeth? Do your teeth look longer than they used to? These are signs of gum recession. While receding gums are not always serious, any changes within your gum tissues needs to be evaluated by a dental professional. Addressing gum recession early can often help you avoid the need for gum grafting or other more invasive therapies. Before treating your gum recession, however, it is important to determine what is causing the gums to shrink or pull away from the tooth root.
Receding gums can bring discomfort, oral health risks and aesthetic threats to your smile. While gum recession can occur in healthy gums or as part of natural aging, it can also mean that periodontal disease is present. In such cases, prompt gum disease treatment should be initiated to reverse the infection and save your teeth.
Relief for Bleeding or Swollen Gums
It’s not uncommon for patients to report that their gums appear puffy or swollen or even bleed during brushing. While not an emergency, this should be considered a warning sign that their health is in danger. The gums can get irritated and infected when plaque and tartar are allowed to accumulate along the tooth roots and gum line. This triggers bacterial growth that can eventually eat away at the surrounding connective tissues and underlying bone. Bleeding and swelling within the gums are often some of the first symptoms of early gum disease or gingivitis.
How is the condition of your gums? If you notice that your gums are receding, bleeding or swollen, call Green Dental of Alexandria today. We help patients realize that the gums are the framework and foundation of their smile, which means they deserve your utmost care and attention as you age.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria
Green Dental of Alexandria – Alexandria Dentist
1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725