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Gum Recession

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Gum recession occurs when the gum tissues begin to pull away from the teeth. The expression “getting long in the tooth,” has been around for thousands of years to refer to the fact that many adults who have advanced in years often appear to have longer teeth than they did when they were young. That is because, over time the gum tissue tends to retract. While this is a natural occurrence with advanced aging, experiencing gum recession before the age of 75 is not normal.

The following have one thing in common, can you guess what?

  • Crooked teeth
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Not using dental floss
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth sensitivity

Gum recession is a serious oral health condition that can be linked to all of the above. The gums are present to help stabilize the teeth and to protect the roots and sensitive nerve fibers of the teeth. Each tooth in the mouth is an individual living feature that can be damaged and can die. If the gum tissue recedes and exposes the lifeline of a tooth (i.e. its root), the tooth can become severely damaged, experience intense pain, and eventually die.

The human body was designed to give warning signs when something is awry. One of the most common symptoms of gum recession is tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is meant to be an indicator that the gums and/or tooth are damaged. Roots and nerve fibers that are exposed to hot and cold temperatures, biting pressure, and even sucking in air can feel jolts of pain and discomfort. Tooth sensitivity should never be ignored, and it should be brought to your dentist’s attention so that early intervention can be given in order to protect the tooth and entire smile.

Each day, bacteria-laden plaque forms on the teeth. If you are not flossing to remove this plaque on a daily basis, your gums are under constant bacterial attack. This is the cause of gum disease, which, when not treated, is the most common cause of tooth loss. Brushing the teeth with too much force can cause the gums to become damaged and pull away from the teeth. Brushing is important, just do not brush too hard.

Please contact Brentwood Dental Group if you have any signs of gum recession.

Posted on behalf of Brentwood Dental Group