Are There Any Dangers to Gums That Pull Away from the Teeth?
Posted on 2/25/2019 by Dr. Todd Rogers
Perhaps you've noticed that when you look in the mirror, your smile shows some evidence of gaps between your teeth and gums, or you noticed your teeth look larger because of receding gums.
Surely there's no danger when your teeth are pulling away from your gums, right? Well, we hate to be the ones to break it to you, but your teeth pulling away from your gums is not a good thing - and it's not something you can ignore. Gum disease is actually dangerous for the health of your mouth and your body.
Gum damage can begin as redness around the gumline and bleeding when you brush or floss. If you don't get it checked out, your gum damage can progress towards gums pulling away from your teeth. When your gums pull away from your teeth, it leaves gaps between your teeth and gums.
This leaves your gums vulnerable to infection. It is the infections in your mouth that makes gum disease so dangerous. Infections of your gums can cause damage your teeth and gums, but it can also lead to other health problems, like heart attacks and strokes.
While this sounds strange, infections in your mouth can get into your blood and cause heart attacks and strokes. Loss of gums can also lead to tooth loss as well, because the gums help to anchor your teeth to the jawbone and keep them in place.
If you are worried that you may have gum disease, why not give us a call? We can schedule an appointment for you so that we can get you started on effective treatments for gum disease. If you catch it early enough, your gums can be treated, and restored to health. We can also do restoration work on your teeth and gums if you need it. Give us a call today!