First, you learn that if you don’t brush frequently enough and as suggested, you can end up with gum disease. The initial symptoms of this problem that can lead to devastating consequences include inflammation. Down the road, your gums may recede (we refer to this as gum recession), meaning that they pull back from your teeth. As a result, you may assume that inflammation is the only road that leads to recession but this isn’t quite right. So, how to make sense of your gums, the best way to care for them, and what on earth is going on? Ask us, of course!
Inflammation generally occurs as the result of a few key factors. It may point to gum disease but this is not always the case. Let’s cover some basics:
- If you are dealing with gum problems like gingivitis, your gums may appear puffy because bacteria have migrated beneath your gumline, causing irritation and possibly infection
- If you are pregnant, gums may become inflamed as a result of increased blood flow that often occurs during pregnancy
- Inflammation can occur if you eat something irritating or accidentally irritate your gums in some other way
Now, regarding the reasons your gums may recede. When gum disease is not treated, it will slowly cause your gum tissue to pull away from your teeth. As it does so, it recedes or moves away from the tips of your teeth, revealing more and more dental tissue. However, there are other reasons this might occur, as well, including:
- You have been brushing extremely hard, which is causing your gum tissue to pull back
- You think you have recession but your gumline is naturally delicate
See us for your visits (which should happen twice a year), brush, floss, and let us know if anything changes!
Get Gum Health Details Sorted Out With Us
If you have inflamed gums, receding gums, or otherwise, come see us to find out what’s happening and to learn what to do for improvement. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.