Experiencing pain or sensitivity in your teeth can ruin a perfectly good time. Studies indicate that as many as 88% of Americans suffer from some form of tooth sensitivity. Many people experience quick, sharp pain when exposed to extreme temperatures.

Although cavities could certainly cause tooth sensitivity, gum recession also lends a hand to the development of sensitive teeth. Many people simply assume that their sensitive teeth result from genetics or other unavoidable causes. Although some people possess naturally thin gums, oral hygiene often plays the biggest role in maintaining optimal gum health. The dentists from Dental Associates of Moreno Valley discuss how gum recession can cause tooth sensitivity.

Gum Recession

When gums recede, sensitive roots become exposed to new stimuli. When foods, beverages, or even sweets make contact with sensitive roots, people typically experience a short burst of pain. In some cases, a fresh breath of cold air can provide the same unnerving sensation. Gum recession occurs for a variety of reasons. Periodontal disease can certainly cause gum recession. Halitosis, repeated infections, and bleeding gums can all signify the presence of gum disease.

Bruxism and improper brushing habits can also lead to the development of gum recession and tooth sensitivity. Typically, brushing with an electric toothbrush can aid in gum retention. To relieve some of the effects of bruxism, use a custom-fit nightguard to wear in your mouth during sleep.

Consequences of Gum Recession

Tooth sensitivity acts as the most immediate consequence of gum recession, but eventual tooth loss can occur. If your recession stems from gum disease, then contact our Moreno Valley dentist office quickly. Gum disease remains the leading cause of adult tooth loss in America. When gums become diseased and recede, teeth loose some of their support system. The longer recession continues, the further exposed teeth become to harmful bacteria. Eventually the tooth can abscess or even fall out due to lack of support.

Schedule Your Visit

Experiencing tooth sensitivity? If you need to determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity, we can help. At Dental Associates of Moreno Valley, we offer comprehensive dental care and multi-specialty dentistry. Contact our 92533 dental office by calling (951) 697-6800 to schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from Moreno Valley and all neighboring communities in Southern California.