Gum Recession

The gum tissues within the mouth are vital to your oral health. Gum recession is a serious dental concern, and it can be linked to all of the above. Healthy gums are necessary for stabilizing the teeth in the jaw bone and for protecting the roots and nerve fibers of the teeth. Each tooth is an individual living feature with its own lifeline.

dentist checking the woman's mouth

What is a common link between the following?

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Aggressive teeth brushing
  • Improper oral hygiene
  • Gum disease
  • Crooked teeth
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes

Tooth sensitivity is most often the first symptom of gum recession, alerting you that something is awry within your mouth. When the gums pull away from the teeth and expose the nerves and roots of the teeth, jolts of pain and twinges of discomfort will be felt from temperature changes and biting pressure inside your mouth. Tooth sensitivity should never be ignored because it is an indicator that you need to visit the dentist.

Improper oral hygiene and aggressive brushing are two of the most common causes of gum recession. Brushing with too much force damages the gums and causes them to recede. Not flossing daily allows bacteria-laden plaque to build up and attack the gum tissues. It is vital that you take proper care of your oral health in order to enjoy your smile for a lifetime. Gum disease is the direct result of improper oral hygiene, and when severe gum disease sets in, it will have irreversible and stark consequences.

Genetics and hormonal changes also play a role in gum recession, and there is not much one can do about them other than taking extra attention to care for your teeth. If you have a family history of gum disease or gum recession, the chances are higher that you will also fight this condition. Hormone changes causes irritation to the gum tissues. Women experience significant hormonal fluctuations throughout their lives, and are, therefore, more likely to suffer from gum recession. Crooked teeth also play a role in gum recession because they are difficult to reach and clean.

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