The most obvious symptom of gum recession is the visible shift of gum tissue down the root of the tooth, causing the yellow dentin to be exposed. There are several other symptoms associated with recession, but the exposure of the roots usually can’t be missed. Depending on which risk factor is contributing to the recession, the area of receded gums may be localized to a single tooth, part of the mouth, or spread throughout the entire mouth.
Some of the common symptoms that lead to recessed gums are:
- Yellow appearance of roots
- Stained teeth
- Susceptibility to decay
- Long teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Food packing
It is possible to check for receding gums by examining the gum area around your teeth – especially your back teeth. Another indicator can also be sensitive teeth, especially when brushing and consuming hot and cold beverages and foods. Make sure you discuss any concerns you have with your dentist.
There are a few different types of approaches to the treatment of receded gums, and each one depends on the cause of the gum recession as well as the severity. Some of the treatments are more proactive to help avoid aggressive recession, while others are the only ones available for severe cases.
- Laser Treatments and Periodontal Therapy – Utilizing periodontal therapy through your dentist can help eliminate the deep bacteria that cause gum tissue to detach from the tooth. Some dentists will also offer laser therapy to help sanitize the pocket area of bacteria, so that the disease process is halted. When diseased areas are cleaned and maintained properly, it is possible for some gingival tissue to re-connect with the tooth surface, preventing further recession.
- Tobacco Cessation – There’s never been a better time to kick the habit. No matter if it’s smoking or dip tobacco, giving up the habit will not only save you money, it will also save your gum tissue. Gum tissue will have better circulation and less irritation, keeping it tighter around the root.
- UltraBlu Toothbrush – By utilizing UltraBlu’s blue light technology, you can target the bacteria that causes infected gum tissue that leads to receding gums. With daily use of the UltraBlu toothbrush you allow your gingival tissue the time it needs to re-connect with the tooth surface, which in turn prevents further gum recession.
- Soft Toothbrushing – Using a soft bristled toothbrush (preferably electric, as these remove more bacteria), angle the brush toward the gums and gently cleanse the area twice each day. Aggressive brushing or brushes that have stiff bristles will cause recession to become more severe, while soft brushing will help maintain healthy gum levels.