November 29, 2016

Many patients come into our offices clear on the idea that gum recession and gum disease are linked, but a little unclear about how the link works. It’s a common issue and one that is important to understand because while gum recession can be both a precursor to and a symptom of gum disease, there are also other causes for it. That’s why it is important to let a professional like Dr. Keith Chertok assess any gum recession you might be experiencing.

Gum Recession as a Symptom of Gum Disease

Very often, patients who experience gum recession do so because of the onset of gingivitis or other gum diseases. As the disease spreads, gum tissue recedes, and the result can be a loosening of the teeth, among other issues. When gum disease has set in, the recession will be accompanied by other symptoms, including any of the following:

Bad breath
• Soreness and tenderness
• Inflammation of the remaining tissue
Bleeding gums

Recession Without Gum Disease

It is also important to understand that gums often recede without there being the presence of any disease or infection. This can be for a variety of factors, including injury. The most common causes for gum recession other than gum disease are:

• Teeth grinding
• Hormonal changes
• Insufficient brushing
• Insufficient dental care

What patients experiencing gum recession need to understand is that they do not necessarily have gum disease because of recession, but they do need to monitor the situation and get help from a periodontist. Gums that are receding are often also prone to the onset of gum infections, so determining the cause of receding gums and working with your dentist on a solution is still very important.

Make an Appointment to get Answers

If you have noticed your gums receding, or if you have any other symptoms that you have questions about, make an appointment with Dr. Chertok today.



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