Learn more about Receding Gums

Posted on Sep 6, 2012

Learn more about Receding Gums

One of the most typical questions asked to dental specialists at your Vancouver dentist, Downtown Dental, is: “exactly what are receding gums?” To speak plainly, receding gums are an outcome of gum disease.

What triggers receding gums?

Normally, gum disease plays the biggest function in triggering receding gums. Germs that find their way into the oral cavity as an outcome of gum disease begin to form plaque. Plaque build-up can easily cause inflammation of the gums – and inflamed gums tend to shrink, beginning to look more and more recessive.

How to protect yourself from receding gums?

Gum disease is relatively easy to diagnose – simply come to your Vancouver dentist, Downtown Dental, for your regular checkups and we can tell you if you have gum disease, plaque build up or the beginnings of receding gums.

Tooth sensitivity, especially to extreme temperatures, may indicate gum recession as the sensitivity comes from your now-exposed tooth roots. In the first stage of gum disease, your gums are somewhat pink in colour and gain a scalloped appearance.

Later on, the gums turn a bright pink or red, soften and start to bleed. Advanced cases of gum recession show visible roots, pus formation and excessive bleeding.

Though there are several treatment options for receding gums, the best treatment is prevention. If you suspect you have gum disease or that your gums have begun to recede, please contact Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist, to schedule an appointment.