Gum recession can occur for many reasons including poor dental health and becoming older. When gums recede, the gum line moves away from the bottom of the teeth and slowly goes towards the bottom of your mouth.
Most cases of gum recession can be avoided by maintaining proper dental hygiene; however, it is possible for the gums to move on their own.
The gums play an important role in keeping our mouths healthy. The main goal of the gums is to protect you're the roots of your teeth, which are located at the bottom of each tooth. The root of a tooth is the thinnest portion of the tooth and the part of the tooth that holds the tooth to your jawbone. An exposed tooth root can lead to premature decay if not taken care of. However, it's possible to notice signs of receding gums before severe tooth decay is a possibility.
How To Tell If You Have Receding Gums
The most common sign of gum recession is sensitivity. Many people visit our office for tooth sensitivity and think it's a lack of enamel on the upper teeth that is causing the sensitivity, but sometimes it's not a lack of enamel.
Sometimes it's due to gum recession. As the teeth roots get exposed, they become more sensitive. This is because the root of a tooth is thin compared to the rest of the tooth, and many nerves lie right beneath its surface. Foods that are hot and cold often cause pain to this area.
Another common sign of gum recession is loose teeth, and it can be very painful when eating. Gums play an important role supporting the teeth. It's possible for gums to recede far enough that your teeth won't have good enough support. This is a sign of severe teeth recession, and we suggest coming to our office for a visit immediately. Please call us to set up an appointment.