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Gum Recession Princeton, NJ
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What do the following all have in common?

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Aggressive brushing
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Improper oral hygiene
  • Gum disease

Receding gums can be linked to all of the above. Gum recession is the pulling away of the gum tissues from the teeth. If you have ever heard the expression “getting long in the tooth,” the original meaning comes from teeth that appear to grow in length. Of course, the structures of the teeth themselves do not grow, but when the gum tissues pull away from the teeth it looks as though the teeth are longer than they used to be.

Gum recession is a serious dental concern because of how vulnerable it leaves the affected teeth. Each tooth is a living feature of the human body. Every tooth has its own lifeline that connects it to the nerves, blood supply, and root system. Gum recession exposes the lifeline of the tooth, and if it becomes damaged then death of the tooth and tooth loss can occur.

The human body is designed to give warning signs when things are awry. One of the most common warning signs is tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity indicates that part of your oral health is damaged, whether it is the tooth itself or the supporting features around it. When the gums pull away from the teeth, they leave the root systems exposed. Twinges of pain and jolts of discomfort are often felt when the root of a tooth is exposed because temperature changes and biting pressures are directly affecting the lifeline of the tooth. Tooth sensitivity should never be ignored; rather, it should be your indication that you need to seek dental intervention.

Aggressive brushing is a common cause of gum recession because brushing too hard causes the gums to pull away. Not flossing is another common cause because it allows plaque buildup to begin eating away at the gum tissues, leading to severe gum disease. Misaligned teeth are overlooked as a cause of gum recession, but the truth is that crooked teeth are harder to clean than straight teeth.

If you experience any signs of gum recession or are experiencing tooth sensitivity, please contact Prime Dental Care today. We are here for your oral health needs.

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care

417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ, 08540

(609) 688-8818

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My husband has been going to Dr Ma and this practice for many years and swears by them so I thought I would try it out. Very pleasant and professional with a great location and good availability, they respond to queries in a timely way and provide reminders for appointments via text which is great since some practices appear to be in the dark ages on some of the practical stuff. Everyone seems to try to ensure you have a pleasant visit (in spite of being to the dentist!) so kudos to the whole operation. Also, a lot of care has been taken to go above and beyond the requirements of hygiene during this pandemic including state-of-the-art air filtration systems.

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Prime Dental care has a great friendly staff. I had a wonderful experience with my hygienist Kate, she was very thorough, professional, and kind! Dr. Ma was informative and did a wonderful job of explaining everything. Would highly recommend Prime Dental Care!

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Dr. Ma and her staff are very friendly and super thorough. They take the time to explain every part of the care and are invested in my overall dental health. I would recommend them to everyone!

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