Gum tissue is probably not something that you think much about on a daily basis, yet it is a very important feature inside your mouth. The gums help to hold the teeth securely in place, and they protect the nerve fibers and roots of the teeth. Each tooth is a living feature, and damage to the tooth can cause it to die. It is important that you keep an eye out for changes that occur inside your mouth and bring them to your dentist’s attention. Gum recession is a serious concern, yet it is also one that many people tend to overlook.
Gum recession is the pulling away of the gum tissues from the teeth. When this recession occurs, the sensitive nerves and roots of the teeth are exposed, causing pain and discomfort to disrupt eating and drinking. Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common symptoms of gum recession, and it generally causes jolts of pain to occur when eating something cold or drinking a hot beverage. The one good thing about tooth sensitivity is that it is your body’s way of alerting you that you need to visit your dentist. As with most dental issues, gum recession can often be treated and reversed when intervention is given early to address the issue. When your mouth is letting you know that something is going on, do not ignore it.
What causes gum recession?
- Aggressive brushing: Brushing your teeth too hard can cause your gum tissues to pull away from the teeth.
- Inadequate oral hygiene: Without brushing and flossing every single day, plaque buildup is occurring inside your mouth. Plaque is laden with bacteria that eat away at the gum tissues.
- Gum disease: When bacteria inside the mouth get out of hand, the gum tissues become infected. Because the gum tissues support the teeth and bone holding the teeth in place, gum disease is the most prominent cause of gum recession.
- Hormonal changes: Women are more prone to hormone-related gum disease because of how drastically their hormone levels change throughout their lifetime such as in puberty, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause.
- Crooked teeth: A straight smile is more than just attractive, it is also easier to clean. Teeth that are crooked leave certain spaces hard to reach while flossing and brushing.
Contact Taylor Dental & Implant Center if you have any signs of gum recession.
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