What Is Gum Recession, and Why Worry About It?

When they’re healthy, your gums are usually barely noticeable compared to the rest of your smile. However, when they’re uneven or starting to recede, their deteriorating appearance can quickly become a cause of concern. Known as gum recession, the separation of your gums from your teeth can result from a number of different underlying issues, but one of the most common is gum disease. As your gums become irritated and inflamed from the disease, they can be forced to recede, exacerbating your condition.

When Gum Tissue Separates

For some people, gums recede because of irritation from harmful oral bacteria. Some microbes produce toxins that cause your gums to separate from your teeth, and as they do so, they create periodontal pockets where even more bacteria can gather. Over time, this irritation turns into gum disease, and your gums can become irreversibly damaged as well as separated. The best way to avoid this is to seek treatment as soon as you notice that your gums are receding. Alternatively, your dentist may notice the condition during your regular checkup appointment and recommend appropriate treatment.

Is Gum Disease Already a Threat?

During your exam, your dentist will also carefully check to see if gum disease has already developed. If so, then the only way to restore your gum tissues’ good health and stop the recession is to address your gum disease. This may include deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) to remove the bacteria from underneath your gums, as well as gum contouring to trim away any tissue that is already too damaged to heal.

Restore the Health and Appearance of Your Gums

If you notice signs of gum recession, then you should visit your dentist as soon as possible to reduce your risks of experiencing gum disease. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.