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Why You Should be Concerned about Receding Gums

Posted on 3/23/2015 by Dr. Wagle
Why you should be concerned about receding gums as you age Receding gums is something that everyone needs to be concerned with, especially as they age; however, many people overlook the dangers. Receding gums are the result of gums that pull away from the teeth. A telltale sign is when teeth suddenly look longer. They in fact are not longer, there is just more of the tooth showing because there are less gums. Just because receding gums seems like a normal part of growing old does not mean that it should be left alone or that it cannot be prevented.

What Happens When Gums Recede?

As a result of gums pulling away from your teeth, you are allowing the roots of your teeth to be exposed. These roots are generally protected by the gums which is why you are able to tolerate hot and cold food and drink. If the roots are not protected, suddenly your favorite coffee drink can become intolerable to drink, no matter how much you might want it.

In addition, exposed tooth roots puts you at a much higher risk for tooth decay. With nothing protecting the roots, bacteria and plaque can manifest itself into the roots directly rather than having to eat its way through your enamel. This could mean serious damage to your teeth in a much harder fashion than would occur had your gums not been receding. Excessive tooth decay that affects the roots means more invasive dental treatments and even possibly the risk of tooth loss.

If you are noticing that your teeth suddenly look longer, it is time to come in for a visit so see what is causing it and how we can help. Contact us today and schedule your appointment.

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