CAN RECEDING GUMS CAUSE SENSITIVE TEETH?
Receding gums are one of the leading causes of tooth sensitivity. This is because when gums begin to recede they can leave the soft dentine inside your tooth exposed. Dentine is full of millions of tiny holes that lead directly to the nerve at the centre of the tooth. When you eat or drink something cold, hot, sweet or sour this stimulus can trigger the nerve causing that short, sharp shock of sensitivity pain.
WHAT CAUSES RECEDING GUMS?
A common cause of receeding gums is the effect dental plaque can have on teeth and gums. Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that bulids on and around theeth. If dental plaque is not removed you may experience gums receeding from around the teeth.
Overbrushing or brushing aggressively can also cause gum recession.
Do your teeth sometimes hurt but you're not sure why? Here's a guide to help identify the symptoms that may indicate tooth sensitivity.
IMPORTANCE OF GOOD ORAL HYGIENE
- A routine of twice daily brushing with a specialist sensitivity toothpaste can help ease the pain of sensitivity.