Gum recession is a common issue affecting many patients. Most cases are a result of a lack of brushing, flossing, or consistent care, but others are genetically prone to this problem. The recession itself is a problem, but it’s really the other effects that receding gums can cause that are the biggest concern. As a result of gum recession, there can be a build-up of bacteria. Gums not only serve as foundational tissue for your teeth, but they protect the teeth and parts of the mouth from bacteria. When you lose that tissue, and it becomes bloody and exposed, these areas can easily become infected and lead to bacteria-related issues. Additionally, if your gums lose stability, it can also destabilize your teeth, leading to a host of other issues.
One of the biggest concerns with gum recession is that it’s very subtle. You’re not going to necessarily notice it on your own, which is precisely why it’s so important to get regular checkups. A dentist will be able to immediately diagnose and treat gum recession.
If you are concerned about a receding gum line, call Yorkshire Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located at 3212 Hampton Hwy., Yorktown, VA 23693.