If you are over the age of 40, you may have experienced receding gums or
heard of others experiencing this issue. This problem is otherwise referred
to as gingival recession. When this occurs, the roots and nerves of the
teeth can be exposed.
However, there are some symptoms you can look out for to help you identify
receding gums. Below is a list of these symptoms:
- Sensitive teeth
- Tooth pain from exposed nerves
- Bad breath
- Tooth discoloration
- Inflamed gums
- Bleeding when flossing
- Bleeding when brushing
Most often, this occurs as a result of poor oral hygiene, but can be caused
due to other reasons such as the following:
- Abnormal tooth position
- Insufficient gum tissue
- Overaggressive brushing
- Dental infections
- Eating disorders
- Chewing tobacco
- Teeth grinding
Additionally, one of the most overlooked causes of receding gums is eating
a variety of foods that promote gum recession. Below are some of these
foods and an explanation as to how they can affect your gums.
Research shows that bacteria and other pathogenic microorganisms grow in
acidic settings. These matters can damage the enamel of your teeth, the
protective layers, and cause inflammation. In the worst cases, this can
lead to gum disease. These foods can include meats, citrus fruits such
as lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits, white breads, pastas made
with flour, pickled and fermented food, alcohol beverages, coffee, and teas.
Sugary foods can also be extremely acidic. This means that bacteria will
thrive in these types of foods. In addition, sugar promotes cavities and
gum disease. These foods can include candy, sweet beverages, donuts, cakes,
muffins, chocolate, soda, energy drinks, liquor, white breads, and more.
In addition, if these foods are trapped between teeth, a person can suffer
from gingivitis and inflammation.
If you are already experiencing the symptoms of receding gums, you may
experience an increase in sensitivity. If this is the case, it may be
best to cut cold foods from your diet. This is because cold foods can
cause pain if nerves are exposed. These foods can include ice cubes, nuts,
ice cream, refrigerated fruits and vegetables, popsicles, iced beverages, and more.
Szikman Dental Group, P.C. Can Help
The Atlanta dentists at Szikman Dental Group, P.C. understand that visiting
the dentist’s office can be a daunting task. However, we advise
that you see us if you are experiencing odd symptoms. Don’t wait.
See what we can do for you today. We work hard to give our patients comfortable
and informative appointments every single time.
Contact Szikman Dental Group, P.C. today and get the healthy teeth you have always wanted!