Proper oral health is an essential part of preventing gum diseases such as periodontitis, which is characterized by receding gums. If your gums are receding, consult a dentist for an evaluation and treatment plan.
Receding gums occur most often in adulthood and is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. This condition is caused by a build-up of plague and tartar, which can cause infection of the gums. If left untreated, your gums may eventually begin to pull away from the teeth and recede.
Improperly caring for your teeth is a common cause of periodontitis. This condition is thought to be hereditary and it runs in families. Some other causes of receding gums include tobacco use, advancing age, poor dietary choices, substance abuse, pregnancy, menopause, diabetes, gingivitis and immunodeficiency.
Certain symptoms are common in people who have periodontitis such as swollen gums, receding gums, shiny gums, painful gums, bad breath, loose teeth and gums that appear bright red or purple.
Since receding gums are hereditary, be sure to take good care of your teeth to avoid periodontitis if it runs in your family. Brushing your teeth at least twice every day and flossing are important in the prevention of this condition. Regular dental check-ups are also important if you have a family history of periodontitis. Contact a dentist if your gums are receding or show other signs of disease. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to other problems such as tooth abscess, shifting of teeth, tooth loss and infection in the jawbone.
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