The Problems with Gum Recession

Northampton Dental blog, general dentistry

Your oral health is a huge indication of your general wellness. If there are any concerning signs or symptoms within your mouth, it is always important to bring them to your dentist’s attention sooner rather than later. As with all health issues, early intervention can generally prevent serious side effects and long term consequences from harming your mouth. Gum recession is a common oral health concern that many people tend to overlook, yet it is a serious condition that poses a great risk to your entire mouth. The gum tissue is a vital feature of the mouth because it stabilizes the teeth within the jaw bone while also protecting the roots and nerve fibers of the teeth.

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissues begin pulling away from the teeth, exposing the nerves and roots. Each tooth is an individual living feature that needs to be cared for and protected. Tooth sensitivity is the most common symptom of gum recession. When the gums pull away from the teeth, the roots and nerves of the teeth are exposed to temperature changes, biting pressure, and even inhaling cool air. This causes the teeth to have negative reactions with twinges and jolts of pain that can impact your daily life. Tooth sensitivity should be interpreted as a warning sign that something is awry within your mouth. With early intervention, effective treatment can be provided to restore the health of your gums and save your teeth.

Leading causes of gum recession are more common that people realize. If you tend to brush your teeth with too much force, you can cause the gum tissues to pull away. Another factor that you have complete control over is whether or not you floss each day. Dental floss is the only tool designed to scrape bacteria-laden plaque away from the gum line and teeth. When plaque is allowed to build up and remain at the gum line, your gum tissues and tooth enamel are under constant assault from damaging acid-producing bacteria. Severe gum disease causes irreversible damage to the mouth, leading to tooth loss and the need for extensive dental work. Two factors that you do not have any control over are your genetics and hormone fluctuations. If you have a family history of gum recession and/or gum disease, your chances are high that you too will suffer from this condition. Women are more susceptible to hormone-related gum recession due to the fact that their bodies go through significant hormonal fluctuations during puberty, pregnancy (and multiple pregnancies), perimenopause, and menopause.

If you are concerned with gum recession or have any other dental concerns, please contact Northampton Dental today.