Receding gums also known as gingival recession is a dental condition in which there is loss of gum tissue, resulting in the exposure of roots of teeth. Receding gums are also characterized by retraction of gingival margin from the crown of teeth. Symptoms are:
• Progressive loss of gum tissue
• Mobility of tooth
• Dentin hypersensitivity
• Long appearance of teeth
• Teeth feels notched at the gum line
• Puffy red and swollen gums
• Gum bleeding
• Bad breath
HOW IS RECEDING GUMS DIAGNOSED?
Receding gums and other forms of periodontal disease are diagnosed by a dentist. A physical examination can indicate such issues. A probe may also be used to measure gum pockets. A probe is a process that uses a small, painless ruler.
HOW IS RECEDING GUMS TREATED?
Treatments include topical antibiotic gel, antiseptic chips, antimicrobial mouthwash and enzyme suppressants. In worst cases, flap surgery and grafting surgery may be the option.
DID YOU KNOW?
Receding gums is a common problem in adults above the age of 40