Other Gum Conditions

Healthy Gums are Essential

Healthy gums and bone are the support system that is essential to having and maintaining a beautiful smile. However, when the tissues that support the teeth are not healthy, there can be a variety of negative effects - bone and tooth loss, gingival recession, loosening of teeth, and even bad breath. These conditions have a large variety of causative factors: from poor oral hygiene, to genetics, to habits, or the foods that you eat. Explore various gum conditions belows. If you would like help determining if you have a gum condition and how we can improve your smile, let us know - we would love to help!

Gum conditions

Gum Recession

Receding gums is a condition that occurs when the tooth roots lose the natural protection that a healthy gum line provides. A variety of factors can contribute to gum recession – periodontal disease, tooth brushing routine, poor dental hygiene, tobacco use, clenching or grinding teeth, crooked or misaligned teeth. Some patients experience sensitivity, unsightly gaps between the teeth, unaesthetic appearance of teeth looking very long, and/or increased risk of cavities on exposed root surface.

If you notice that your gum line is shrinking, your teeth seem larger than usual, the teeth have gaps between them, or your gums have notches, dents, or other blemishes, then you are probably experiencing gum recession. These are important symptoms that should prompt you to seek answers, and we would love to help!

Loose teeth

Loose teeth often result from not taking proper care of the teeth and gums. When gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, the teeth lose the support of the bone, and, if left untreated, the teeth will become loose. Loose teeth can be treated at our office and with the insight of a Periodontist to stabilize the bone loss and keep the tooth for as long as possible. Sometimes bone grafting can be used to add support to the tooth.

If a tooth eventually falls out or needs to be removed, we have a variety of options for tooth replacement, and we can investigate together what option would be best for you.


Are you self-conscious about bad breath? We can help! Bad breath can be a result of poor dental hygiene, but it can also be a sign of other health problems.
Factors that affect bad breath:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene – see our Preventive Dentistry page for information on how to effectively clean your teeth
  • Gum Disease – poor oral hygiene can cause overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth, which cause unpleasant odors and infection
  • Infection
  • Dry Mouth
  • Diet
  • Tobacco use
  • Chronic Diseases

What You Can Do About Your Halitosis?

  • Brush, floss, and scrape your tongue to remove bacteria after meals and visit our office for routine exams and cleanings. If gum disease is the reason, we can treat it!
  • Quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Drink plenty of fresh water to keep the mouth and body hydrated.
  • Maintain a food diary to see if diet is playing a role.
  • Visit your physician to see if any health problems may be causing bad breath.

You do not have to live with your bad breath anymore. Contact us today to determine what is causing the problem so that we can find a solution.

Have a question or want to make an appointment?

Are you interested in learning more about your teeth? Do you have dental health goals you would like to meet? We would be honored to explore that with you and help you find solutions.