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Have you noticed that your teeth are looking longer? Are your gums red or swollen? If you notice these or similar issues, you could be dealing with a serious condition known as gum recession. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to avoid and address this problem.

However, please note that individuals with gum recession may not have been able to avoid the issue. For example, genetics and abnormal tooth positioning could lead to gum recession. But gum recession could also caused by overly aggressive brushing or flossing, teeth grinding, trauma to your gum tissue, and even poor oral health.

You could notice a few symptoms of gum recession before it gets too serious. For instance, you could search for red or swollen gums, teeth that appear longer, brown spots on your gumline, or large spaces between your teeth. If you notice any of these issues, we invite you to contact us immediately because gum recession could be easier to address if it’s caught early.

If you catch gum recession quickly enough, you could address the issue without even visiting a dental professional. In fact, sometimes simply changing the way you brush and floss could be enough to reverse this issue–though you could also need a custom mouthguard. Similarly, you could need a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing.

If you’re interested in learning more about the care you can receive for our team, or would like to learn more about what you can do about gum recession, please don’t hesitate to contact Advantage Dentists at 281-829-5000. We’ll be happy to examine the health of your mouth and offer you any personalized advice you need. We’re excited to hear from you soon.