It is important to keep track of how your body functions and how you feel in order to know when anything is amiss with your health. Included in this health check should be your oral health. It is important to pay attention to changes that occur within your mouth and to bring them to your dentist’s attention. As with almost every health concern, early intervention typically prevents complications and extensive treatments. Gum recession is a common issue that many people tend to overlook because they do not realize the seriousness of the condition.
The gum tissues help hold the teeth securely in place and also protect the roots (lifeline) of the teeth. Gum recession occurs when the gum tissues begin pulling away from the teeth, exposing the sensitive nerve fibers and roots. Each tooth is an individual living feature, and all the teeth work together to support the entire smile and jaw bone. Issues such as gum recession that are not addressed early on can lead to irreversible side-effects.
The most common symptom of gum recession is tooth sensitivity. When the gums pull away and expose the nerves and roots of the teeth, jolts of pain and twinges of discomfort will be felt with food and beverage temperatures and biting pressure while chewing. If you experience any type of tooth sensitivity, it is important to speak with your dentist because this is an indicator that your smile has been compromised.
Causes of gum recession:
- Aggressive brushing – Brushing the teeth with too much force causes the gum tissues to become damaged and to pull away from the teeth.
- Not flossing – Dental floss is the only tool designed to scrape away bacteria-laden plaque buildup from the gum line and from between the teeth. If you are not flossing daily, your gums are constantly being attacked by bacteria.
- Gum disease – When plaque is not removed regularly, the bacteria will begin to produce acids and eat their way through your gum tissues. Gum disease occurs when the gums become damaged and infected by bacterial attack.
- Genetics – If you have a family history of gum disease, you are more likely to experience gum recession.
- Crooked teeth – Straight teeth are easier to clean. Plaque buildup occurs in great numbers where the teeth are difficult to reach.
Contact Pacific Sky Dental if you have any signs of gum recession.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Raymond Jone, Pacific Sky Dental