A lot of people have heard about receding gums, but did you know that you can actually lose gum tissue? It is possible, and it can be accelerated by several conditions. Keep reading to find out more about gum resorption and how it happens.
Why Do Gums Recede?
When your gum tissue shrinks, it is called receding gums. Receding gums happen sometimes due to age, and sometimes due to gum disease. As you get older, your gum tissue shrinks some. If you are taking good care of your mouth, you can make sure that receding gums are gradual- if it happens at all. However, gum disease can accelerate the speed at which your gums recede.
The main culprit of gum resorption is gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of your gums. If you catch it early, and you practice good oral health, you can cure gum disease. However, if you don't catch gum disease at its early stages, there is no cure, but it can be treated. Over time, gum disease can lead to tissue damage, tooth loss and even loss of bone.
When you have infected gums, the infected tissue recedes. In some cases, the gums themselves can be resorbed, or disappear. This happens when your body feels that the tissue can be better used in other parts of your mouth. It also happens because your gums can get so infected the tissues are reabsorbed by the infection. None of these things are good for your mouth.
Are you worried about your gums? If you are, there are things that you can do. You can make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. Brush and floss each day, and make sure that you are visiting us for your regular checkups. It is much easier to prevent gum disease than it is to fix the damage caused by gum disease. Do you have questions about the health of your gums? Do you worry about gum disease? If so, why not give us a call? Let us help you with tips and tricks for fighting the disease and maintaining your oral health.