What Receding Gums mean to your Mouth

gum diseaseAt Peters Dental Associates, one of the things that we love to do is create beautiful smiles. At the same time, we believe our Houston patients deserve all the education they can get an order to avoid common dental problems that can lead to discomfort and compromised oral health. One of the common problems that is not often discussed is gum recession. There’s no time like the present to do just that!

Receding gums mean exposed roots. Where roots are exposed, there’s a risk for cavities. Where cavities form on roots, there may be a need for a root canal therapy. This is because roots are not as durable as the strong enamel coating on other tooth surfaces. A cavity on a root can progress to a bigger problem very quickly.

An additional consequence of gum recession is sensitivity when you drink a cold glass of water or a hot cup of tea. Pretty much any food or beverage that is not room temperature could send shivers of discomfort through the nerves of a compromised tooth.

Receding gums do not typically have a tight hold against teeth. This looseness is a risk factor in the development of periodontal pockets. These small spaces in between gums and teeth are a welcome haven for plaque and oral bacteria.  Ultimately gum recession can be a factor in the development of gum disease.

Isn’t Gum Recession the Same as Gum Disease?

Gum recession and gum disease are often associated. However there are differences between the two conditions. Your gums can recede without being infected.  They are not likely to be infected and not receded.

The good news is that you can most likely prevent gum recession with the same habits you use to avoid gum disease. These include practicing sufficient oral hygiene on a daily basis. There is a reason why it is recommended that we brush at morning and at night. It is because plaque develops within 24 hours. Frequent brushing and flossing can prevent this.

An important note about oral hygiene is that gentle technique is much more efficient, and safer than going at your teeth with aggressiveness. No matter how good your intentions, when you brush too hard, you break down connective tissue in a similar manner as plaque and bacteria; and you could be headed for the same result: gum disease.

The prevention of gum disease is not the only way to keep your gums healthy. Learn more about gum recession and how you can avoid it during your next visit with the friendly team at Peters Dental Associates.

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