Are your gums receding? Try our self test
- Have you noticed that your teeth look longer than they used to?
- Do you smoke or vape?
- Do your teeth feel sensitive to hot or cold foods/drinks?
- Do you grind your teeth?
- Do your gums bleed when brushing or flossing?
- Have you been diagnosed with gum disease?
- Do any of your teeth feel a little loose?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are most likely at risk of gum recession or already suffering from the issue. Don’t wait to get a professional opinion. The sooner you address the problem, the better.
What causes gums to recede?
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of gum recession. Also called gum disease, periodontal disease is caused when bacteria in your mouth multiply to form plaque and tartar. Over time and without intervention, the bacteria in these substances will eat away at your gums and cause them to recede. Receding gums can also be the result of brushing with too much force, grinding and clenching your teeth, or wearing ill-fitting dentures.
Whatever the cause of your receding gums, one thing is certain — left untreated, you risk devastating effects, including tooth loss.
The 5 stages of gum recession
- Bleeding after brushing or flossing
- Sensitive teeth and pain along the gumline
- Teeth that appear longer than normal/shrinking gums
- Loose teeth
- Lost teeth