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