The health of your mouth is a huge indicator of the wellness of your entire body. Too many people make the mistake of ignoring oral health issues because they do not view them as significant. However, it is this line of thinking that tends to get people into a great deal of trouble with their oral health. Gum recession is an issue that should not be ignored as it can lead to serious repercussions that can damage the entire mouth. Your gum tissues play two vital roles: 1) protecting the roots and nerves of the teeth, and 2) helping to stabilize the teeth within the jaw bone. When the gums are damaged, gum recession can lead to serious discomfort and tooth loss.
Gum recession is the condition where the gum tissues pull away from the teeth. This occurrence leaves the roots of the teeth and the nerve fibers exposed, allowing the teeth to become vulnerable to discomfort and death. Every tooth is an individual living feature that relies on its lifeline of nerves, roots, and blood supply to sustain life. If you are bothered by tooth sensitivity when drinking hot beverages, eating cold foods, or even when breathing in cool air, then it is time to have your oral health evaluated. Tooth sensitivity is the most common sign of gum recession, and it is a warning sign that should not be ignored. When gum recession is left untreated, it can lead to irreversible damage to your smile that can result in tooth loss and the need for extensive treatment.
Leading causes of gum recession:
- Overly aggressive brushing. Brushing the teeth with too much force causes the gums to retract. Gentle strokes with a soft-bristled toothbrush are all that is required to brush the teeth well.
- Gum disease. Gum disease occurs when bacteria and infection contaminate the gum tissue. If you are not flossing on a daily basis, bacteria-laden plaque builds up at the gum line and puts your mouth under constant assault. Oral bacteria produce acids that eat their way through the gum tissues and cause irreparable damage.
- Genetics. If there is a family history of gum recession and/or gum disease your chances of dealing with the same condition is much higher.
- Crooked teeth. Teeth that are not straight are difficult to clean, leaving areas of the mouth with plaque buildup and vulnerable gum tissues.
If you have any symptoms of gum recession, contact Allen Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.
Posted on behalf of Allen Dentistry