Care for your gums
A week ago I went in to the dentist for my checkup. I figured it would be a quick and easy visit and it was for the most part, but then I learned something new about my teeth. Although they were clean and fee of cavities, I learned I had receding gums. What? What was that?
At first I got a little upset since I try to manage my oral health sufficiently to prevent any issues, but then I learned more about receding gums and how common the condition was, which made me feel better.
The condition of receding gums occurs when the gum tissue recedes on the tooth all the way down to the root of the tooth. When this occurs, most people don’t realize it at first, but as the condition progresses, common symptoms are aches and shooting pains as well as tenderness at the base of the tooth. When the root of the tooth becomes exposed, so do nerve endings and when those nerves come in contact with extremely hot or cold beverages or foods, or when something brushes along them (like a toothbrush), you can experience a high sensitivity.
When looking at your teeth, you might not notice receding gums. At times they appear to look “longer” than your normal teeth.
Good news is that you can prevent receding gums! The best way to prevent this condition is to use a soft bristled toothbrush. Hard bristles can damage your gums and lead to recession at a much faster pace. Additionally, maintaining good oral healthcare is also imperative. Floss your teeth daily, brush them at least twice daily, and rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to prevent bacteria from hiding out in between your teeth can causing damage.
Finally, it’s always a good idea to see your dentist on a regular basis. Specialized hygienists at the dentist office (including ours!) are skilled to look for gum recession and to talk with patients about prevention. If it’s time for your dentist visit, we invite you to come in to see us today. Let us evaluate your teeth for gum recession! Early detection will help save you a lot of frustration and possible tooth sensitivity in the long run!
For a limited time, we are offering a FREE* Sonicare Diamondclean Toothbrush (A $219 retail value) with your first visit; including exam, cleaning and x-rays. Just complete the form below and experience our quality of care. Give Dallas Dental Concierge a call at (214) 760-6035 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.