Your mouth is a complex feature of your body, yet many people do not give the mouth enough credit or thought. Every single tooth is an individual living organism that has its own lifeline with nerve fibers, root system, and blood supply. The gums within the mouth are there to protect the lifeline of the teeth and to help stabilize the teeth with proper support. When gum recession occurs, the entire mouth can become compromised.
If you experience a jolt of pain or a twinge of discomfort when trying to enjoy hot or cold foods or beverages, it is important that you bring this to your dentist’s attention. Tooth sensitivity is often the first indication that gum recession has occurred. Gum recession is the pulling away of the gum tissues from the teeth. Receding gums expose the roots and nerves of the teeth, causing temperature changes and biting pressure to affect the teeth. If gum recession is ignored and left untreated, the gum tissues can pull away so significantly that the teeth will become damaged at their life-source, compromising the health of the teeth and leaving the bone structure of the mouth vulnerable to weakening. Gum recession is a serious oral health concern.
The most common causes of gum recession are:
- Overly aggressive brushing. Friction is necessary to help loosen plaque and food particles from the teeth, but too much pressure while brushing will damage the gum tissues and cause them to recede.
- Improper oral hygiene. While brushing is important, floss is the single most important tool for keeping your mouth healthy. Floss is the only tool designed to scrape away plaque from the gum line and between the teeth. If you are not flossing, bacteria-laden plaque is building up and attacking your gums.
- Gum disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque buildup begins to eat away at your gum tissues. When left untreated, gum disease will destroy gum tissue and the supporting bone that holds your teeth in place.
- Misaligned teeth. Often overlooked, crooked teeth are difficult to clean. When teeth jut back and forth, instead of having a smooth plane, it leaves them difficult to brush and floss effectively. A straight smile is more than just attractive, it is healthier for the teeth and gums.
At Meadowbrook Family Dental, we care about your oral health. If you have any signs of gum recession or experience tooth sensitivity, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Posted on behalf of Meadowbrook Family Dental