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 sensation of sensitivity pain — which is why maintaining good gum care is essential.
What Causes Receding Gums?
The most common cause of receding gums is gum disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that builds on and around teeth. If this isn’t removed with regular brushing, it can lead to bleeding gums and you may experience gums receding from around the teeth.
Brushing overly aggressively or more frequently than your dentist recommends can also cause gum recession.
How To Prevent Gum Recession And Sensitive Teeth
The best thing to do to protect against sensitive teeth and receding gums is to consult your dentist. If you have painful teeth and gum recession, a dental professional can offer advice on how to treat them.
Importance Of Good Gum Care And Oral Hygiene
A routine of brushing twice daily with a Sensodyne toothpaste, the NO.1 DENTIST RECOMMENDED brand for sensitive teeth, can help to ease the pain of sensitivity, keep teeth clean and prevent cavities.
Sensodyne Rapid Action offers fast relief and is clinically proven to relieve sensitivity pain in just 60 seconds.* There is a full range of Sensodyne oral health products so you can find the right one to suit your needs.
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