Sensitivity can be very good at certain times, but not when it comes to your teeth. That being said, tooth sensitivity is one of the most common symptoms reported to dentists. There are various reasons why your teeth may become sensitive. One that is becoming prominent is gum recession. Many years ago, a receding gum line was like a receding hairline; it indicated old age. The truth is, no matter how old you are, gum recession is a problem that you want to avoid. The good news is you can.

Reasons you Want to Avoid Gum Recession:

  • Receding gums indicate weakness and gingival tissue. The gums should surround teeth snugly. If gums do not adhere to teeth, pockets of plaque can develop. This eventually leads to gum disease.
  • Pockets of bacteria around teeth are also a major factor in chronic bad breath.
  • Gums stabilize teeth by covering substructures like teeth roots. When the roots are not adequately covered, the risk for root caries develops. The idea of painful cavities on the roots of teeth send shivers down our spines.
  • Also covered by the gums are the delicate soft tissues deep within teeth. When coverage becomes weak, the nerves are more exposed to external stimulation. This can make meal times uncomfortable and unpleasant due to the sensitivity of these nerves.

Why Gum Recession may Occur

The primary culprit to gum recession is infection. You may know this as gum disease. While this condition most certainly weakens gingival tissue, there are other reasons why your gums may be receding:

Poor hygiene technique. Most people are aware of the importance of brushing and flossing on a daily basis. What many people may not realize is that plaque begins to build up on teeth within 24 hours. This is one of the reasons why we are encouraged to brush in the morning and at night. When plaque builds up around teeth, bacteria have a place to settle. The accumulation of bacteria in plaque degrades gum health.

Aggressive hygiene techniques. Most people can appreciate the feeling of a nice clean mouth. Some people just try a little too hard, literally! It is not necessary to brush your teeth as if you’re scouring caked on food from a pan. Gentle motions from a soft bristle toothbrush are sufficient to remove debris and minimize the development of plaque. Brushing too hard actually hurts gingival tissue, causing abrasions that can catch debris and invite bacteria.

We can help you support your efforts to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Schedule your visit with us today.