Have you been noticing a bad taste in the mouth that won’t go away, along with bad breath? Do you have gums that are red, swollen, tender or bleeding? If you can also see your gums receding from the teeth, you may have fallen prey to gum disease. This occurs when the gum tissue surrounding your teeth pull back from the tooth, exposing the tooth or the tooth roots. When this happens, gaps (or pockets) develop between the teeth and the gum line where bacteria can hide and build up. If this is not stopped, it can have long-term complications including possible tooth loss.
Causes of Gingivitis:
Bruxism—grinding your teeth while you sleep can wear down tooth enamel over time.
Brushing too hard—this can wear down tooth enamel as you age.
Gum tissue trauma—if your gums have experienced an injury the tissue may recede.
Misaligned teeth—if your bite doesn’t match up correctly, it can cause pressure on individual teeth, wearing down the enamel and resulting in gum recession.
Heredity—if one or both of your parents have receding gums, you are at higher risk. Studies have shown that 30% of people may be predisposed to gum disease.
Poor oral habits—not cleaning your teeth properly can result in periodontitis, because plaque can turn into tartar which can only be removed by a dental professional.
To preserve your healthy gums, make sure to keep all scheduled dental cleanings, take good care of your teeth and gums, maintain proper nutrition through a healthy diet, and your gums will reward you with a healthy smile! If you have any questions or concerns, please call our staff at Smiles Dental today at 360.339.7499.