Gum Recession

Summerville SC DentistWhat do the following have in common?

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

Gum recession can be linked to all of the above habits and conditions. Receding gums occur when the gum tissues begin to pull away from the teeth. There is an old saying that describes someone as “getting long in the tooth.” While this generally refers to someone getting older, the literal meaning is that many people experience gum recession as they age which makes their teeth appear to get longer. Age can contribute to gum recession, but genetics, crooked teeth, overly aggressive brushing, and poor oral hygiene play a much more significant role.

Gum recession is a serious dental concern because the health of the teeth and entire mouth can become extremely compromised. Each tooth is a living feature that makes up the entire smile. An infection in one tooth will not only harm the tooth itself, but infection can easily spread to neighboring teeth and throughout the mouth. The most common symptom of gum recession is tooth sensitivity. This tooth discomfort is caused by the roots and nerve fibers of a tooth being exposed. While pain and discomfort can be felt when eating and drinking hot or cold food items and beverages, exposed tooth roots and nerves leave the tooth susceptible to infection at its life source. Infection that reaches the root of a tooth will cause excruciating pain, and it can also kill the tooth. This is why gum recession and tooth sensitivity should never be ignored. They often go hand in hand, with tooth sensitivity often an indicator that receding gums are an issue.

Aggressive tooth brushing is a common culprit of gum recession. Brushing the teeth with too much vigor causes damage to the gum line and causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. Luckily, when minor gum recession is caught in its beginning stages, early intervention is generally quite successful. However, another cause of gum recession is gum disease. It is important that you are flossing your teeth daily to avoid bacterial plaque buildup at the gum line.

Your oral health is a significant indicator of your general health. If you have any oral health concerns, please contact Cane Bay Family Dentistry today.

Cane Bay Family Dentistry
1724 State Rd, #4D
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 376-4157

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