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How to Recognize Early Signs of Gum Recession?

May 15, 2024   |   722 Views

With the passage of time, you may notice different changes in your gum health. These changes are more evident among patients suffering from gum disease. A common manifestation of this condition is gum recession, in which the gum margins wear down, exposing the tooth roots. It can result in tooth sensitivity and increase the risk of serious dental issues. So, it is crucial to identify the early signs of gum recession in order to avoid future complications.

What Are The Causes of Gum Recession?

Receding gums can be attributed to several factors, ranging from the genetic tendency to oral hygiene and lifestyle habits. Some of the common causes of gum recession include:

  • Gum disease
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Aggressive brushing
  • Lack of proper oral care
  • Grinding or clenching teeth

Studies indicate that about 30% of all people are genetically predisposed to developing this issue. Moreover, lack of oral hygiene practices or overzealous brushing can also damage your gum tissues, eventually causing recession. Addressing these habits at an early stage can prevent receding gums and help maintain optimum oral health.

How to Recognize Early Signs of Gum Recession?

Identifying the Early Signs of Receding Gums

Gum recession does not occur overnight – it is a slow and gradual process. You may not be able to recognize receding gums at its early stage. For this reason, you should get regular checkups with a periodontist. However, you may notice some changes in your gum health that may indicate receding gums:

  • Tooth sensitivity: One of the first signs of gum recession is increased tooth sensitivity. It becomes prominent when you consume hot or cold foods and drinks.
  • Longer teeth: As the gums begin to pull away, your teeth may start to appear longer than their actual size.
  • Notch at the gum margin: If your gums are receding, you will notice a small notch or indentation at the gum line. It is detectable by touch.

How Can A Periodontist Help In Treating Gum Recession?

Early detection and proper intervention by a skilled periodontist can help prevent severe gum recession. There are several options available for receding gums, ranging from non-surgical treatments to gum surgery.

Non-surgical options include preventive care, deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), and antibiotics. If gum recession has occurred due to a lack of oral hygiene or aggressive brushing, your periodontist will recommend changes to modify your oral care routine.

Furthermore, undergoing deep cleaning can remove plaque, debris, and harmful bacteria around your teeth and gums, optimizing your oral health.

In case of advanced gum recession, you may benefit from surgical measures. The most effective options include gum grafting and Pinhole Surgical Technique.

Depending on the severity of your condition, your periodontist will determine which treatment plan will work best for you.

Summing Up

Identifying the early signs of receding gums and getting prompt care can help you maintain ideal gum health. I advise getting routine dental exams and modifying your oral care habits to prevent this complication.

If you want to learn more about gum recession treatment, contact me or my professional team at Sugar Land Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. Dial (979) 553-7252 to schedule a consultation.


Dr. Hiru Mathur

Dr. Hiru Mathur, a board certified Periodontist since 1999, brings expertise in Periodontal & Implant Surgery. As an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Texas, Houston, she remains devoted to refining clinical skills. A star ambassador for Asian American Family Services, Dr. Mathur is committed to community well-being. She proudly aligns with esteemed organizations such as the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, and more.

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