Have you noticed that your teeth are looking longer? Are your gums red or swollen? If you notice these or similar issues, you could be dealing with a serious condition known as gum recession. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to avoid and address this problem.

However, please note that individuals with gum recession may not have been able to avoid the issue. For example, genetics and abnormal tooth positioning could lead to gum recession. But gum recession could also be caused by overly aggressive brushing or flossing, teeth grinding, trauma to your gum tissue, and even poor oral health.

There are a few noticeable symptoms of gum recession. In addition to teeth that seem to grow longer, red and swollen gums, large spaces between your teeth, and even brown spots along your gumline could all be indicators of gum recession. Fortunately, our team can help you address these issues, though treatment may be easier and more efficient if gum recession is identified early. In other words, we recommend visiting our team once every six months for a routine checkup and contacting us as soon as you notice any of these issues.

If you catch gum recession quickly enough, you could address the issue without even visiting a dental professional. In fact, sometimes simply changing the way you brush and floss could be enough to reverse this issue–though you could also need a custom mouthguard. Similarly, you could need a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing.

If you’d like to learn more, we invite you to visit Dr. Jonathan E. Quillian. Our entire team will be happy to examine your smile and offer you individualized advice. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you with receding gumline, please don’t hesitate to contact Culebra North Dental Care at 210-761-5452. We’re excited to hear from you soon.