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What it Might Mean if Your Gums are Receding

Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. In the early stages, when the gums become swollen and red and bleed easily, it is known as gingivitis. As the conditions progresses, a more serious condition of gingivitis is known as periodontitis. Under these circumstances the gums begin to pull away from the teeth and bone loss can occur. Although it is mostly seen in adults, there are cases of juvenile periodontitis seen in children. Between tooth decay and periodontitis these are the two biggest threats to your oral health. Bacteria in the mouth is the biggest culprit to this disease. The presence of bacteria for a prolonged amount of time can form plaque and eventually harden and become tartar, also referred to as calculus. Only a dental professional can remove this hard calculus which finds its home under the gums. Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease:
  1. Bad breath that won’t go away
  1. Red or swollen gums
  1. Tender or bleeding gums
  1. Loose and sensitive teeth
  1. Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
Certain Conditions that Increase Your Risk for Periodontal Disease:
  1. Smoking
  1. Diabetes
  1. Stress
  1. Heredity
  1. Immuno-deficiency conditions
  1. Medications
  1. Female hormonal changes
Gingivitis can be controlled with good oral hygiene and regular cleanings by a hygienist. Periodontal disease can be treated with more extensive treatment. If you have any of the above symptoms, let your dentist or hygienist know, so they can address the issue.