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Are your teeth getting longer? Are they more sensitive? Are they bleeding and causing you pain? Any of these issues could be a sign that your gums are receding. If you notice any of these issues, please contact us soon—especially if you notice the appearance of your smile changing. Sadly, gum recession can be caused by several issues, meaning there are also a wide variety of potential treatments.

The causes for gum recession are wide and varied. Some of the most common causes include bruxism (also known as teeth grinding), injury or trauma to your gum line, overcrowded teeth—which can lead to worn down gums—and brushing too hard can also hurt your gum line.

Naturally, preventing gum recession is better than addressing the issue, but it isn’t overly difficult. In fact, you can generally prevent gum recession simply by flossing and brushing adequately. Similarly, if you catch gum recession early, a deep cleaning can usually prevent the problem. Still, please don’t wait too long to visit us or the problem could become serious.

Our dentist can give you specific treatments, but the solution could be as simple as changing your toothbrush or wearing a mouthguard when you sleep. However, at times more drastic treatment could be necessary.

If you do notice gum recession, we recommend visiting our dentist, Dr. Kristen Langworthy, as soon as possible. Our team will be happy to discuss the potential causes of your receding gum line. To set up an appointment with us, please contact Langworthy Family Dentistry at 919-762-3239. We are eager to receive your call.