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Are Receding Gums Painful?

Posted on 11/10/2019 by Todd Jorgenson
Are Receding Gums Painful?Receding gums can be a sign of moderate to severe gum disease as well as poor dental hygiene habits and may be an indication for more serious ailments.

While the recession of the gum line itself may be painless, it can present problems in other areas of your dental health and longevity. When gums recede enough, they can expose the roots of the teeth and in turn cause sensitivity to various foods that are too hot cold causing pain when eaten.

While sensitivity of the teeth is not only caused by a receding gum line—it can also be caused by excessive wear on the tooth's enamel—sensitivity could be an indication of a greater problem with a person's dental health.

Can you Fix Receding Gums?

Yes, it is possible to correct a receding gum line. There are many different methods that we offer depending on the cause of the recession. A common fix that can help people with sensitive teeth, and who are suffering from gum disease is to graft skin from the roof of the mouth to the afflicted areas in order to cover the root of the exposed teeth. However, if gum disease is not the cause of a person's sensitive teeth, there are other methods which can be viable to help that person overcome sensitive teeth.

Prevention for Receding Gums

Receding gums can generally be prevented with proper oral hygiene, which include flossing and brushing the teeth twice a day. By completing these steps, the bacteria that causes your gums to recede is removed each day, and the overall health of your teeth is increased. Preventing bacterial growth in your mouth is a crucial step in preventing long term disease such as periodontitis.

We also recommend visiting our office for a regular teeth cleaning once every six months. While cleaning your teeth daily at home is the first step in the prevention of a receding gum line, the bacteria that forms plaque on the surface of your teeth can stick around and still cause the gums to recede. Please give us a call at our office number for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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