Gum recession is a condition in which your gums begin to pull away from your teeth. This exposes the root of the tooth, which can cause your teeth to become loose and even fall out. The crowns of your teeth are protected by enamel, which is extremely durable. However, the roots are covered by dentin, which is much weaker and will make the roots vulnerable to decay. Gum recession can be caused by gum disease, tobacco use, poor brushing and flossing, or even brushing too aggressively.
Some indicators of gum disease include exposed roots and your teeth appearing “longer.” You may also experience bad breath, tooth sensitivity and problems with your remaining gum tissue. If you encounter any of these symptoms, you should contact our dentist for an appointment at Fircrest Family Dental. Dr. Brian Han may suggest that you brush more frequently or more gently or use a softer toothbrush. In more serious cases, Dr. Han may suggest a deep cleaning, gum surgery or gum graft. If you are at risk for gum disease or if you have noticed any of the symptoms of gum recession in Fircrest, Washington, please do not wait any longer. Contact our office today at 253-843-6033 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Han.