Robert D Follweiler D.D.S., PA
Periodontal Disease and Laser Technology
901 East Ocean Boulevard
Stuart, Florida 34994 772-283-1400
Gum Recession Really is That Important!
Did you know that many patients think that gum recession is a just natural part of aging?
Do you think that gum recession just makes your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold?
Receding gum tissue always means more than just more exposed tooth surface. It can be a sign of a greater problem, periodontal disease that can result in tooth loss and a low-grade bacterial infection in your body. Because we all have immune systems that function at different levels this chronic infection can be a greater health risk than you may realize.
Warning signs such as bleeding, tender and swollen gums, persistent bad breath, as well as pus between your teeth and gums is the main indications of periodontal disease to most people. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in the plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become irritated and inflamed. Periodontal disease causes the gums to separate from the teeth and creates an avenue for bacteria to enter. Often times patients are not aware that gum recession may be a sign of periodontal disease that goes untreated because it is perceived as harmless.
Gum recession occurs for reasons such as smoking, improper tooth brushing, tooth position, oral dermatitis, improper dental restorations, genetics and periodontal disease. Gum recession almost always involves more than loss of gum tissue. The most significant part of gum recession is that it involves the loss of the bone supporting the teeth. Without adequate bone support your teeth may become loose and have to be extracted.
So when you look in the mirror and notice any type of gum recession stop and think about it. Gum recession causes more than just sensitive teeth and a cosmetic result that may be displeasing. Gum recession does not just occur in older adults it occurs in some younger people as well. Look for the warning signs of periodontal disease and report them to your periodontist or dentist. Gum recession is important and worthy of your attention.