Gum recession occurs when the gum tissues begin to pull away from the teeth. Most people tend to overlook their gums, yet they are fundamental to your oral health. In fact, the health of your gums is a great indicator of the wellness of your entire body. Your gum tissue plays two vital roles: providing stability of the teeth within the jaw bone, and protecting the roots and nerve fibers of the teeth.
Gum recession can be linked to all of the above. Dental floss is the most underutilized oral health care tool, yet it is the most important tool that you need. Each day, bacteria-laden plaque builds up at the gum line, and if it is not removed the bacteria will begin to attack and eat away at the gum tissues. This is how gum disease begins, called “gingivitis” in its earliest stage. If it is allowed to progress, gum disease will cause irreparable damage and tooth loss.
Aggressive tooth brushing causes the gum tissues to become damaged and pull away from the teeth. While it is necessary to apply gentle force during tooth brushing, it is important that you do not use too much vigor. The gums are living features and will begin to retract from the teeth when brushed too hard.
Genetics also play a role in gum recession. Patients who have a family history of gum recession or gum disease are more likely to experience these same oral health concerns. If you know that gum recession is present in your family history, it is essential that you take a very active role in your oral health.
Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean than straight teeth. If your teeth are misaligned, it is important to evaluate orthodontic options for your smile.
If you experience any tooth sensitivity or signs of gum recession, please contact Southern Charm Dental today to schedule an appointment.