Have coffee, soup or ice cream become off limits due to your sensitive teeth? Teeth sensitivity is a common dental concern that can be caused by different factors. One of the most common reasons for sensitive teeth, however, involves your gums.
How Receding Gums Cause Tooth Pain
Your gums are the foundation of your smile. These soft tissues not only hold your teeth in place, but they also protect much of our tooth structure. If the gums recede or shrink, the roots of your teeth are more exposed. Unfortunately, this lower structure of a tooth does not have the enamel covering like the upper portion (tooth crown). Without proper protection, exposed tooth roots are highly sensitive to hot and cold elements because the inner nerves are easily accessible. If your gums have receded, things like hot soup or ice cream can often trigger a painful nerve response. Most patients describe it as a wincing pain.
Advanced gum recession may require gum grafting. However, if the issue is minor, the best thing to do is prevent your gums from receding any further.
Preventing Gum Recession
There are several factors that can contribute to gum recession. The most common culprits include the following:
- Brushing too hard
- Clenching and grinding your teeth
Reducing Current Teeth Sensitivity
If you have root sensitivity, you don’t have to suffer through it. Talk to your dentist. At Gainesville Dental Group, we may recommend trying a special toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. These products contain potassium nitrate and other ingredients that can help protect the tooth roots over time. Fluoride treatment can also help safeguard your teeth against painful triggers.
If your sensitive teeth and receding gums are compromising your oral health or quality of life, we can help. Call our dental experts today!
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Gainesville, GA 30501
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