Ignoring health issues does not make them go away, and the same is true in regard to your oral health. The mouth was designed to give you warning signs when things are awry so that you will seek the attention you need. With early intervention, most dental issues can be treated with no lasting consequences to wreak havoc on your mouth. One common issue that people tend to ignore is tooth sensitivity. Many people think of this as an annoyance, when in fact it is often the first sign of a very serious issue: gum recession.
Gum recession is the occurrence of the gum tissues pulling away from the teeth. The gum tissues play two vital roles inside your mouth: 1) they stabilize the teeth and hold them securely in place, and 2) they protect the roots and nerve fibers of the teeth. Each tooth is an individual living feature that is connected to its own lifeline. If the nerves of the tooth are damaged by exposure, the tooth can die and very painful death. If you experience tooth sensitivity while eating cold foods, drinking hot beverages, or applying pressure when biting down on foods, it is time to bring this to your dentist’s attention. Tooth sensitivity is usually the first sign of gum recession, and with early intervention gum recession can be successfully treated and reversed.
Common causes of gum recession:
- Aggressive brushing – While some friction is needed while brushing, applying too much force will damage the gums and cause them to recede.
- Not flossing daily – If you are not flossing on a daily basis, plaque buildup is becoming a major problem inside your mouth. Plaque is laden with bacteria that are harmful to your oral health, and floss is the only tool designed to scrape plaque away from the gum line and teeth.
- Gum disease – When plaque buildup becomes a problem, the gums are susceptible to infection because they are under constant assault from damaging bacteria. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss.
- Genetics – Those with a family history of gum recession and/or gum disease are much more likely to suffer from the same condition.
- Crooked teeth – A straight smile is more than just an attractive smile, it is also a healthier smile. Straight teeth are easier to clean because there are not difficult and tricky spaces that cannot be reached.
At Rolling Hills Dentistry, we want to address your oral health concerns before they compromise your smile. Contact us today if you have any signs of gum recession.
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