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The Dangers of Receding Gums Marietta, GA
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When gums pull back from the tooth surface, or when they drop to a lower position below the original gum line, this is called receding gums. Surprising to some, receding gums is a form of periodontal (gum) disease, and with multiple factors at play, receding gums do not happen overnight.

To gain a better understanding of receding gums, it’s important to consider the different stages of periodontal gum disease. This oral health condition most commonly begins with gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gum tissues that causes them to bleed. Ultimately, gingivitis signals the presence of a gum infection, most likely from the build up of plaque. As it progresses into periodontitis, a more serious form of infection, gum tissues may begin to loosen around teeth and fall back. As a pocket is formed, bacteria can invade teeth at a deeper level, and may ultimately lead to tooth loss.

Aside from gingivitis and periodontitis, the following, as reported by Healthline, can cause receding gums:

  • Aggressive brushing over the long term
  • Hardened plaque buildup (tartar)
  • Smoking
  • Hormonal Changes in Women
  • Family History of Gum Disease
  • Diabetes
  • HIV

Also a contributor to receding gums is a condition called dry mouth. In short, dry mouth occurs when there is a shortage of saliva, which leads to a high presence of bacteria on teeth and gums. When left on gum tissues, bacteria interact with foods and beverages to develop lactic acid, which destroys gum tissues and weakens tooth enamel.

What To Look For

With a growing emphasis on patient education, dentists urge patients to pay attention to the early signs of periodontal gum disease, including receding gums. Here are some questions to ask:

  • Do my gums bleed after brushing or flossing?
  • Are my gums red or puffy?
  • Do I experience bad breath?
  • Do I experience pain near the gum line?
  • Do my gums appear to be shrinking or exposing more of my teeth?

Is It Time For Your Dental Checkup?

At Pure Smiles Dentistry, we believe that a well cared for smile should last a lifetime. That’s why we aim to give our patients all of the resources they need to keep their teeth healthy. Regular dental checkups are one way to take advantage of these resources, while getting a much-needed checkup on your oral health. Is it time for your dental checkup? Dr. Sanil Patel and the team at Pure Smiles Dentistry welcome your call today!

Posted on behalf of Pure Smiles Marietta

2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Phone: (770) 422-8776

FAX: (770) 428-2207


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Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month

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What Pure Smiles Marietta Patient Says

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  • Kim P.

    Dr Patel answered my call for practically in the middle of the night. He came and had no other appointments for the day! Just to help me. The facility was immaculate and him and his hygienist were so helpful. I wish I remembered her name. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist and they never made me feel judged. Great team of people. If you are looking for a dentist give Dr. P and his team a try you won't be disappointed! See u in 2 weeks Dr. P.!i

  • Lisa O.

    Hands down the best dentist I have found. I took all three of my kids and myself. This is a welcoming, child-friendly team. It is readily apparent how well this team works together to make every patient, no matter what age, feel comfortable. I appreciate these people so much. Thank you for being such an outstanding dentist team, Pure Smiles!

  • Carmelita Ch.-H.

    Doctor/Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always make sure you feel comfortable. Pam is an excellent Hygienist. Office space is always clean and tidy. I would recommend this office as we have been going there for the past 12 years.

  • Hudson H.

    I usually HATE the dentist! I saw all these good reviews and was a bit skeptical, but after visiting this office I now know they’re all legit. Pure Smiles made me feel comfortable and was very considerate to me. I normally leave the dentist angry, this time however I was so pleased! Everyone was empathetic and went over and beyond to help me. Everything from scheduling to payment options, they cared. I actually want to floss now.

  • Michelle P.

    I only have positive things to say about Dr.Patel and the staff at Pure Smiles in Marietta. I was in bad shape with a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed. I was seen the same morning that I called, and everything was finished in under an hour. I received a check-up call that afternoon, which I felt was very thoughtful. I went back for an overall exam the following week, and I left their office feeling great about my future dental health. Do not hesitate to call Pure Smiles. The staff is kind, efficient, and up-to-date on dental advances.

  • Kashni S.

    Everyone from the front desk to our Dentist was wonderful. Dr. Sanil Patel was truly impeccable - everything was clean. He offers various services to meet all your cosmetic and medical dental needs in one place!! Check it out for yourself.

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2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month