If you are prone to ignore symptoms that you deem as “small” or “not that big of a deal” when it comes to your oral health, it is time you start paying a little more attention. Your oral health is a great indicator of your general health, and ignoring seemingly “small” issues can land you in a heap of trouble. Gum recession is a common issue that people tend to ignore yet it can have huge, negative repercussions on your oral health.
Gum recession is the pulling away of the gum tissue from the teeth and exposing their sensitive nerves and roots. Each tooth is an individual living feature, made up of tiny blood vessels that supply life to the tooth. When gum recession occurs, the nerves, roots, and lifeline of the teeth are vulnerable to damage and death. The first symptom of gum recession is tooth sensitivity. When the nerves and roots of the tooth are exposed, they will react to temperature changes and biting pressure. The body was designed to protect itself, so a warning sign like tooth sensitivity is the mouth’s way of letting you know that something is wrong and needs to be addressed. If left untreated, gum recession can cause severe damage to occur, leading to tooth loss and the need for extensive treatment in order to restore your oral health.
The leading causes of gum recession are more prevalent than you may think. Brushing the teeth too aggressively can cause damage to the gum tissue and trigger them to pull away from the teeth. Gum disease is another common cause of gum recession is gum disease. Many people think that only tobacco users or those who completely neglect their oral health are susceptible to gum disease, but this is not true. The fact is, if you are not flossing your teeth every day you are inviting gum disease into your mouth. Dental floss is the only tool specifically designed to scrape away bacteria-laden plaque from the gum line and between the teeth. If plaque is allowed to linger, bacteria will begin to eat through your gum tissue causing infection, gum recession, and irreparable damage. Crooked teeth are also known to promote gum recession simply because they are difficult to clean. When crooked teeth inhibit your toothbrush and/or floss from easily reaching certain teeth, plaque buildup will attack and damage the gum tissues around them.
At Springhurst Hills Dentistry, we take your oral health seriously. If you have any signs of gum recession or tooth sensitivity, please do not ignore them. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Lan Tran, Springhurst Hills Dentistry
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