There are different changes that can occur inside the mouth, some of which are normal and some of which are not. It is always important to speak with your dentist about changes that you notice so that serious issues can be treated before they cause serious consequences. One common issue that people commonly experience is gum recession. Many people make the mistake of ignoring this issue because they do not understand its severity. However, gum recession is a serious issue that is one of the major causes of tooth sensitivity, and it can also lead to compromised health of your entire mouth.
Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth and exposes the sensitive roots and nerves of the teeth. Each tooth is a living feature of the human body with its own blood supply and nerve fibers that supply life. When nerves fibers are exposed due to gum recession, the tooth will experience jolts of pain, pressure, and discomfort when they come into contact with temperature changes or biting pressure. These discomforts are meant to act as “warning signs” to let you know that something is going on inside your mouth so that you can seek dental intervention. If left untreated, gum recession can become so severe that it is irreversible and can lead to tooth loss.
Common causes of gum recession are:
- Harsh brushing. Using too much force and pressure while brushing will damage the gums and cause them to recede from the teeth.
- Improper dental hygiene. If you are not taking proper care of your teeth, they will stay dirty. Flossing is the only means of cleaning the gum line and the tight spaces between the teeth. If you are not flossing daily, your teeth and gums are accruing plaque buildup that constantly attacks your gum tissues.
- Gum disease. Gum disease is caused by bacteria-laden plaque. Bacteria at the gum line produce acids and will eat their way through whatever is in their path – this being your gum tissue. Gum disease that becomes severe will cause permanent damage to the gums, roots of the teeth, and lead to tooth loss.
- Misaligned teeth. Crooked teeth are difficult to clean. A rigid smile leaves some teeth dirty without careful and meticulous flossing and brushing.
At Gainesville Dental Group, we are here for all of your oral health care needs. Please contact us with any concerns related to gum recession, tooth sensitivity, or any other issues.
Gainesville, GA 30501
Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM