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Dona W. Prince, DDS

Gum Recession

  • By Dona Prince
  • 31 July, 2017

Many times, people choose to overlook things that are going on inside their mouth because they mistakenly think that whatever is wrong will just go away. Unfortunately, it is this thinking that tends to get people in a great deal of trouble with their oral health. When ignored, oral health issues tend to become worse and, as the mouth is a complex mechanism, a single issue can affect the entire mouth. Gum recession is a serious dental concern that should never be ignored. The gum tissues play two vital roles: 1) stabilizing the teeth in the jaw bone, 2) protecting the roots and nerve fibers of the teeth. When the gums become damaged, gum recession can lead to extreme pain and tooth loss.

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissues begin pulling away from the teeth, exposing their lifelines. Each tooth is an individual living feature with its own root system, nerve fibers, and blood supply. The most common symptom of gum recession is tooth sensitivity, because when the roots and nerves of the teeth are exposed they react to temperature changes and biting pressures. If you experience twinges or jolts of pain when eating ice cream, drinking coffee, biting down on food, or even breathing in cool air, then you need to bring these symptoms to your dentist’s attention. Tooth sensitivity should be viewed as your body’s way of indicating that something is awry with your oral health so that you can have it evaluated and treated in a timely manner.

Leading causes of gum recession:

  • Aggressive brushing. Brushing the teeth with too much vigor does not clean the teeth any better; it simply damages the gums and causes them to pull away.
  • Not flossing daily. If you are not flossing every day, your teeth are constantly being attacked by bacteria-laden plaque buildup. Floss is designed to slide underneath plaque and scrape it away from the gums and teeth; no other tool is designed to do this.
  • Gum disease. Allowing plaque to build up inside the mouth leaves the gums in a constant state of assault. Oral bacteria produce acids that will eat their way through the gums and tooth enamel, causing irreversible damage.
  • Genetics. Those with a family history of gum recession and/or gum disease are at a higher risk for experiencing the same condition.
  • Hormonal changes. Women are highly susceptible to hormone related gum recession due to the extreme hormone fluctuations that occur in their lives.

If you are concerned with gum recession, contact Dona W. Prince, DDS, today.

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Dona W. Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Road, Suite 100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228