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You probably know that gum disease is a fairly serious problem. However, have you heard that gum recession is actually one common sign of gum disease? Sadly, gum recession can cause extreme sensitivity and can be embarrassing. Luckily, there are a few signs you can watch for and a few things we can do to help you deal with receding gums.  

Common signs of receding gums include teeth that seem to be slowly getting longer. Sadly, it can take some time to notice this problem because the appearance of your teeth can change slowly. Red and swollen gums are indicators of gum recession. If your gums are receding, you might notice brown spots on your gum line. Sadly, if these brown spots appear, your roots could be exposed. This can ultimately cause you tooth sensitivity.  

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to deal with gum recession. Like most issues, it’s best to address gum recession as soon as possible. If your gum recession is caused by brushing too hard, you could buy a brush with softer bristles. Similarly, gum recession can be caused by teeth grinding, which we could help you avoid with a custom mouth guard.

If you’d like to learn more about dealing with gum recession in Gurnee, Illinois, feel free to give Institute of Dental Implants and Periodontics a call at 847-662-3414. Our dentist, Dr. Timothy Erdle, and our team will be happy to inspect your pearly whites and help you deal with gum recession. We look forward to meeting with you soon!