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Gum disease is a common issue among American adults–in fact, about half of us have this disease. One of the common signs of gum disease is gum recession, which can cause additional dental problems if it becomes advanced. However, there are multiple signs of developing gum recession that can give you fair warning. It’s important to know the signs of gum disease and what causes it so that you can prevent it and seek help when needed.

Some of the earliest signs that the gums are irritated are tenderness and a red appearance, as well as brown spots on the gums. You may also experience tooth sensitivity or notice that your teeth are beginning look longer than they should.

Simple hygiene practices such as daily brushing and flossing and avoiding bad dental habits are enough to prevent gum disease and gum recession. Abstain from brushing too vigorously or using a hard-bristled toothbrush, as this can cause the gums to recede. Furthermore, grinding your teeth while you sleep puts you are at a higher risk of gum recession. To ensure your gums are healthy, you should be receiving regular dental checkups every six months.

To learn more about the symptoms and causes of gum recession, call 773-947-4665 today and schedule a visit to Chicago Osteopathic Hospital Dental Clinic PC so that our dentists can address your concerns. Dr. William Wilson, Dr. Gary Wegmann, and Dr. Daniel Choo are happy to help you with your oral care needs.