Fact: If you want to keep your teeth, you must pay attention to the health of your gums. Healthy gums snug up to our teeth, helping to keep them in place. A receding gum line occurs when gums start to pull away from the teeth. If you notice this is happening in your mouth, don’t delay; take action quickly in order to preserve your teeth. Sometimes receding gum lines are the result of normal wear and tear or decades of aggressive brushing often with a worn down toothbrush. One thing is certain: a receding gum line spells trouble for your mouth the longer this condition is ignored. When gums pull away from teeth, pockets are created where decay and bacteria form. There may be an unpleasant odor as well. Watch for these periodontal disease warning signs, and should you have them, see your dentist right away.
Receding Gum Line Symptoms
- Your gums are red, swollen and tender. If so you may already have a gum infection
- Bloodstains on your toothbrush
- Your gums have begun to pull away from your teeth
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Tooth loss
- Mouth alignment appears different when you bite down
- Partial dentures no longer ‘fit right’
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