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Why A Change In Your Gum Line Can Lead To Dental Sensitivity

There are several issues that can lead to your teeth feeling sensitive, or responding poorly to hot or cold temperatures. Your Seattle, WA dentist can help you understand why the problem is happening, and recommend a solution for the matter during a dental exam. If your issues with sensitivity are accompanied by physical changes to your gum line, that recession may be responsible for this unwelcome change. The portions of our teeth below the gum line are naturally more sensitive, so they are more likely to cause you some discomfort. In addition to speaking with you about your gum line recession, we can help you maintain habits that prevent the problem from affecting you in the future.

Why Are My Gums Receding?

There are several issues that can lead to a change in a person’s gum line. Gum disease can lead to this unwelcome change in addition to causing bleeding, swelling, and discoloration of the tissues. Your gums can also start to recede in response to aggressive brushing, tartar accumulation, or even an unaddressed problem with teeth grinding.

Regular Checkups Can Help You Avoid Problems With A Receding Gum Line

If your gum line has already changed, your dentist can talk with you about your options for treatment, or to help manage the sensitivity you are feeling. You should know that through consistent preventive dental care, we can help you avoid the problems that sometimes lead to gum line recession. Of course, by coming in for regular appointments you can also have an easier time avoiding problems with tooth decay, another issue that can cause sensitivity.

Other Causes Of Dental Sensitivity You Should Know About

It is possible that your teeth are becoming sensitive because of gradual enamel erosion. This can occur because of teeth grinding, persistent friction from biting and chewing, and aggressive brushing motions. If the problem is with a specific tooth, it can be a sign that your tooth is infected. This can happen because of a cavity, or because of an untreated injury. Dealing with this problem may require a root canal procedure. It should be noted that ignoring sensitivity caused by tooth decay or injury can lead to the tooth’s condition worsening.

Your Seattle, WA Dentist Can Help You Deal With Dental Sensitivity Caused By Gum Line Recession

At our Seattle, WA dentist’s office, patients who are concerned about dental sensitivity can come to us for information about how the problem can be addressed. We can also help you if other issues are responsible for your sensitivity, and we can even help you avoid future issues through consistent preventive dental care. To learn more about how we can help you, or to make your next appointment with our practice, call Ballard Neighborhood Dentist in Seattle, WA today at 206-789-2555.

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