“Don’t Ignore a Receding Gum Line” – Advice from your Virginia Dentist

In our Leesburg, VA dental pratice, increasingly we see patients suffering from receding gum lines, which is a dental health condition not to be overlooked. Many American adults currently have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to a more serious disease that is the result of major damage to the soft tissues and bone supporting teeth. Periodontal disease is a major cause of the loss of adult teeth. Plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth, is the chief agent leading to periodontal disease.


Gums that are red, swollen and bleed easily are caused by gingivitis that is the mildest form of periodontal disease. There is little or no pain and the patient may not know that it is the earliest stage of periodontal disease. Diabetes, aging, smoking and inadequate oral hygiene are some of the factors that contribute to the onset of gingivitis. Professional treatment and good oral home care are preventative measures that will stop gingivitis from developing into periodontitis.

If gingivitis remains untreated, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line leading to the onset of periodontitis. Pockets are formed from gums separating from the teeth that will become infected. The body’s immune system fights the spreading plaque bacterium that continues to grow below the gum line. This activity and the bacterial toxins produced by plaque contribute to the break down of bone and connective tissue holding teeth in place. Eventually, the deepening pockets and destruction of tissue will lead to loosened teeth that may need to be pulled.

Warning signs of early periodontal disease include gums that bleed easily, gums that have pulled away from the teeth, bad breath, bad taste, permanent teeth that are loose and any teeth movement while eating. Other signs include red gums, swollen gums, sensitive teeth, receding gums or longer appearing teeth. Early detection and treatment of a receding gum line by a dentist trained in periodontal care is the best preventative measure to losing a tooth or teeth.

If you or your family members suffer from periodontal disease or receding gum lines, be sure to discuss with and get examined by your dentist during your next appointment. Proactive treatment and care will go a long way to helping you maintain a healthy mouth and smile.

About the Author

Dr. Karan Kamboh is an experienced family and cosmetic dentist serving Ashburn & Lansdowne, Virginia. Connect with him on Google+

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