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If you notice gaps between teeth or have some degree of tooth sensitivity, your gums may be receding and need to be treated right away. Common causes of gum recession include:

  • Gum disease
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes
  • Misaligned bite
  • Body piercings
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Incorrect brushing technique

Preventing Gum Recession

There are several things you can do to prevent gum recession, including:

  • Keeping up with your treatment plan schedule
  • Refraining from tobacco use
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Using the proper brushing technique
  • Having misalignment corrected

Symptoms of Gum Recession and Sensitive Teeth in San Francisco

One of the most obvious symptoms of gum recession is gaps between teeth. When the gum tissue starts to wear away and pulls back from the root of the tooth, you may notice very visible gaps forming between the teeth. Some of the other symptoms of gum recession include:

  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Visible roots
  • Teeth that look longer than usual
  • “Toothy” smile
  • Notch or dent near gum line

Many people notice tooth sensitivity and gaps between teeth during the various stages of gum disease when the gums have already started to recede. Since the gums can recede very gradually, it may be difficult to detect that there is an actual problem in the initial stages.

Gum Disease and Gum Recession

The most common cause of gum recession is gum disease. When bacteria infect the gum tissues and cause the destruction of supporting bone, the gums recede to take on the new shape of deteriorating bone. Seeking treatment for gum disease while in the initial stages will assist in preventing gum recession resulting from this factor.

By identifying the symptoms of gum disease and gum recession early on, you can help prevent the progression of both conditions and improve your oral health. If you notice your gums receding or your teeth appear larger than normal, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pihur for an oral health evaluation in San Francisco today.