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How Receding Gums and Tooth Sensitivity Are Connected

Posted on 12/15/2019 by Dr. Karl Zeren
How Receding Gums and Tooth Sensitivity Are ConnectedAt first, you may feel like you can ignore receding gums or at least put off booking an appointment with us. You're not in pain, and your gums haven't changed that much.

In fact, since gums often recede fairly slowly, you may not even realize that your mouth has changed that much. As they recede, though, your gums won't cover as much of your teeth as they once did. This is where they can cause some issues.

Revealed Roots

As gums pull away from your teeth, their roots can be exposed. This leads to a number of issues. First, it increases tooth sensitivity. When something hot or cold hits the roots of your teeth, especially if those roots have already been damaged by plaque, it's going to hurt. Without gums to protect them, there's nothing between the roots and hot or cold liquids and foods. Even cold air can cause you pain if you breathe it in quickly.

Leaving Roots Exposed to Damage

Gums protect your teeth from more than just heat and cold. They also protect the roots of your teeth from bacteria. Once they recede, it's possible for plaque to build up around the root. As the bacteria eats away at the enamel, your tooth will become loose. Eventually, there won't be enough root to hold the tooth in place, and it will fall out. Because the root is also so close to the nerves, you're also likely to be in a lot of pain.

What Can You Do?

Because receding gums happen so slowly, the best way to protect against this issue is to see us every six weeks. We know what receding gums look like, so we will be able to tell if that's what you're dealing with. We will also treat the cause of the recession and work to reverse the process so your teeth are protected. Give us a call today if you suspect your gums are receding.
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