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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.

Typically, gum recession is caused by a number of issues you may be able to avoid. For example, did you know that gum recession can be caused by brushing too hard, poor oral hygiene, and even teeth grinding? However, you may not always be able to avoid gum recession. In fact, you could have gum recession simply because of genetics, trauma, or abnormal tooth position.

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’d like to learn more, we invite you to visit Dr. Jason M. Peterson. Our entire team will be happy to examine your smile and offer you individualized advice. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you with receding gumline, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 208.524.3400. We’re excited to hear from you soon.