Dental Problems

Symptoms of Gum Recession

Gum recession does not develop or progress overnight. It usually develops gradually from one stage to the other, over a period of time. Gum recession is common after the age of 40. There are some symptoms of gum recession that are observed. These signs have been discussed in this article.

Symptoms of gum recession

  • Sensitive teeth-

    Teeth can become more sensitive to cold and hot, sour, spicy or sweet foods. The removal of the covering of the teeth root exposes the nerves as they are not protected by the gums.

  • Longevity-

    Teeth may appear longer as a part of teeth crown is visible due to the recession of gums.

  • Visibility of teeth root-

    Due to the receding gums, the teeth roots become exposed and visible.

  • Irritation of the teeth-

    One may experience irritation of the teeth around the gum line.

  • Tooth color-

    The patient may experience the change of color in the tooth due to the difference between the protected teeth with enamel and the unprotected teeth with cementum.

  • A visible gap-

    Distance between the teeth remains same, but as the gums detach from the teeth a visible gap is observed.

  • Cavities-

    One may experience the development of cavities just below the gum line as it may be due to gum recession.

If gingivitis is the cause of gum recession then patients with this disease may also experience some other symptoms which are as follows:

    • Red, swollen, inflamed or puffy gums-

      An individual with this disease may also experience red, swollen, inflamed or puffy gums along with the above symptoms.

    • Bleeding gums-

      Patients with this disease may experience bleeding of the gums during chewing, flossing and brushing.

    • Halitosis-

      One may develop bad breath or unpleasant smell from the mouth.

These are a few symptoms, which one can develop before the recession of gums occurs.

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