Any time issues occur within the mouth, it is always important that you speak to your dentist about them. What you may tend to disregard as “not that big of a deal” may actually be a very serious concern. Gum recession is a specific issue that many people tend to overlook because they mistakenly think that it is not a serious issue. However, any changes in your gum tissues can result in negative consequences that can compromise the health of your entire mouth.
The gum tissues perform two vital roles in the context of your oral health: 1) they help to stabilize the teeth in the jaw bone, and 2) they protect the roots and nerve fibers of the teeth. Each tooth within the mouth is a living feature, and any type of damage to the gum tissues leaves the teeth vulnerable to pain, discomfort, and death. One of the first symptoms of gum recession is tooth sensitivity. This happens because the sensitive roots and nerves of the teeth are exposed and react when cold drinks, hot foods, and even biting pressure is applied to the teeth. The body is designed to protect itself, and tooth sensitivity is your mouth’s way of letting you know that an issue is present and needs to be addressed. With early intervention, gum recession can be corrected and the health of the mouth can be restored.
Leading causes of gum recession:
- Over aggressive brushing. Applying too much force while brushing the teeth damages the gums and causes them to pull away from the teeth.
- Hormonal changes. Women are more vulnerable to hormone-related gum recession due to the huge hormonal fluctuations that occur throughout their lives.
- Misaligned teeth. A straight smile is more than just attractive, it is easier to keep clean and free from damaging plaque buildup.
- Genetics. Those with a family history of gum recession and/or gum disease are much more likely to experience this condition themselves.
- Gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, and it begins in the early stage of gum recession. Plaque buildup occurs inside the mouth every day. Plaque is laden with acid-producing bacteria that eat their way through the gum tissues and tooth enamel. If you are not flossing daily, you are allowing plaque to constantly assault your mouth.
Contact South Texas Dental with any signs or concerns of gum recession.
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