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If I suspect gum recession when should I see a dentist?

By Dr. Brett Silverman | Nov 20, 2019 | General Oral Care, Gum/Periodontal Disease
If I suspect gum recession when should I see a dentist?

Quick answer…right now!

It is important that you get seen by a dentist as soon as possible if you suspect gum recession. Gum recession could be a sign of something more serious.

Gum disease, periodontal disease and gum recession

Gum disease is the first phase of periodontal disease. If you have gum disease, you may be experiencing:

  • Discolored gums that look bright red and irritated

  • Gums that feel soft to the touch

  • Gums that bleed when brushing and flossing

It is important to stop gum disease before it advances to periodontal disease. However, if you’re already noticing gum recession, it could possibly be too late.

If the infection spreads and worsens, you could experience the following classic signs of periodontal disease:

  • Receding, swollen or inflamed gums

  • Purple or bright red gums

  • Tender, sensitive gums

  • Loose teeth

  • Consistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth

  • Mouth sores

  • Changes in your bite

  • Spaces in between the teeth that appear over time

  • Pus between the gum line and teeth

As if that doesn’t sound bad enough, if you let those periodontal symptoms get worse, you could experience respiratory disease, digestive disorders, stroke, diabetes, heart attack, pancreatic cancer or premature birth.

Schedule your appointment today.

What else can cause gum recession?

Although periodontal disease is a common cause of gum recession, there are several other causes, as well.

  • Genetics

  • Brushing your teeth too aggressively

  • Changes in your hormones

  • Inadequate dental care

  • Using tobacco products

  • Misaligned bite

  • Crooked teeth

  • Clenching or grinding the teeth (called bruxism)

  • Lip or tongue body piercing

Periodontal and gum disease treatments in Alpharetta, GA

If you are noticing gum recession or any of the aforementioned symptoms, call Dr. Brett Silverman for an appointment if you live in or near Alpharetta, GA.

He provides effective, gentle treatments for those suffering from periodontal and gum disease. To learn more, visit our periodontal disease treatment page.

Dr. Silverman also offers bruxism treatment if it’s causing your gum recession.

Call Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today for your appointment.


Posted by Advanced Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
4205 North Point Parkway, Building D, Alpharetta, GA 30022
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