Gum Conditions

Healthy gums are the foundation for healthy teeth, and at New Vision Dentistry, we understand the importance of total mouth care. We are ready with the full range of services you need to keep your gums healthy and looking great.

Receding Gums

Gum line recession or gingival recession is a common gum condition that often appears in adults. The appearance of receding gums is the result of gum tissue shrinking back from the teeth exposing more of the tooth root and spaces between teeth. The loss of gum tissue is detrimental to the overall integrity of your gums, but the condition also puts your teeth at risk for damage and decay. Receding gums also causes a decline in the appearance of your smile, making teeth appear longer than normal and discolored. Gum recession is a gradual process, and the changes in your gum line may be difficult to detect early on, but the following symptoms of receding gums are a signal to seek treatment:

  • Noticeable in the size and shape of your teeth
  • Inflamed/swollen gums
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums

Dentist checking patients gums

Bleeding Gums

One of the most common dental conditions many people experience is the sight of pink or red in the sink while brushing their teeth. Bleeding gums can occur at any stage of life and can be caused by a number of factors. Noticeable bleeding from your gums could be a symptom of gingivitis. Gingivitis is an infection that impacts the gums, usually caused by tartar buildup and bacteria. Gingivitis attacks gum tissue affecting the foundation of your teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to tooth loss or a more severe infection. For some, bleeding gums could be a sign that the body is lacking essential vitamins such as vitamin C or K. If your gums are not infected, you may need to have your vitamin levels checked to find the source of your bleeding. Over brushing is another common cause of bleeding gums, and correcting your brushing technique could help you avoid extensive damage and additional issues in the future.

No matter what the cause of your bleeding gums, our expert staff at New Vision Dentistry in Citrus Heights, CA, can help treat and restore the health of your gums with a full range of oral care services for the whole family.

Inflamed Gums/Gingivitis

Almost every adult will have experienced gingivitis during their lifetime. Although the condition is quite common and treatable, gingivitis could have serious negative effects on your teeth and overall oral health if left untreated. Many different factors, like tobacco use, pregnancy, irritation, stubborn debris, and plaque buildup, can be the cause of infection and inflammation in your gums. The inflammation may be noticeable and present with pain or swelling, but some cases of inflammation and gingivitis may be asymptomatic. The best way to prevent gum infection is with regular checkups and cleanings with the dentist, but it’s a good idea to make an appointment as soon as possible if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums while brushing or eating
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Swelling, pain or irritation
  • Changes in the size or shape of the teeth

Inflammation in your gums is treatable with a comprehensive oral health care plan, and our team at New Vision Dentistry is ready with the expert care you need to keep your gums healthy and functioning normally. The most important thing to remember about gum inflammation and gingivitis is early detection and treatment give you the best chance of keeping your teeth healthy, so don’t ignore the signs of gum trouble. Schedule your appointment today!