Silent Killer of the Tooth (Receding Gums)


Receding gums actually refers to a loss of a gum tissue caused in an exposure in the roots of the teeth. This has become a common problem of adults beyond forty years of age. But it may also occur among teenagers. Receding of gums is not an overnight process. It actually happens gradually every day. That is why it is common over the age of 40. It may remain unnoticed until the condition starts to cause problems.

Here are the possible causes for the receding gums:

1. Too much brushing that causes the enamel at the gum line

2. Eating disorders

3. Dipping tobacco

4. Inadequate flossing or brushing

5. Grinding of the teeth

6. Lip piercing or tongue piercing

7. Sensitivity to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

8. Orthodontic movement of thee teeth (adults)

Here are the symptoms:

1. Sensitive teeth

2. The roots of the tooth are visible

3. Cavities are below the gum line

4. The tooth feels uneven at the gum line

5. Change in the color of the tooth

6. Spaces between the teeth seem to grow

A receding gum line results from a gum disease. According to research, there are three out of four adults who have some form of it. It goes unnoticed because it doesn’t cause any pain. It starts when plaque builds up on teeth and gums. When this plaque is not removed, it may produce toxins that may irritate the gums. These toxins may destroy the gum tissues and causing them to separate from the tooth. They may form space known as pockets. These pockets hold more bacteria and may worsen the problem.

It starts with red or swollen gums that bleed easily. It can destroy the bone and soft tissues that support your teeth. Your teeth can become loose or fall out.

Good thing that receding gums can be prevented by brushing and flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and having appointments with your dentist regularly. Treating receding gums should begin by addressing the problem which caused the gum recession. The patient should consider buying a softer toothbrush and must use a more gentle technique in brushing teeth if overactive brushing is the cause. If there is a poor plaque control, you must improve your oral hygiene combined with a regular dental cleaning. But if tartar was the cause, then scaling and root planning is necessary to clean the teeth. If an incorrect bite or what you call malocclusion was the cause, a bite adjustment may be recommended. There is also a new research that focuses on using stem cells to culture the gums of the patients to replace the gums that receded.

It is important that you maintain your oral hygiene for you will never know that if gum problems remain untreated, it may cause much bigger problems. Visit your dentist regularly for a healthier gums and teeth.

Source by Robin O.