Receding Gums - West Palm Beach, FL

Sensitive Teeth? It May Be Gum Recession

Importance of Treating Gum Recession

If you are suffering from the damaging effects of gum recession it is important to seek treatment immediately to prevent further pain and possible tooth loss.

Gum Recession is one of the more common problems of the gums, and it occurs when the gum pulls away from the tooth exposing the root surface.

Mauricio Gutierrez

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What is Gum Recession?

Gingival recession, or gum recession, usually happens gradually. So gradually, in fact, that many people do not realize they have gum recession until they start to experience the inevitable oral health complications that arise. Gingival recession occurs when gum tissue starts to pull away from your teeth and supporting bone structure, exposing more of your teeth including its root surface. There are several factors that contribute to gingival recession, including:

  • Gum Disease
  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Genetics
  • Hormones
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Brushing too aggressively
  • Tobacco use
  • Crooked teeth
  • Oral piercings
  • Orthodontics (braces)

The Importance of Treating Gum Recession

Without the protective barrier of gum tissue, the vulnerable parts of our teeth are left exposed to damaging external stimuli, and this exposure can result in decay or even tooth loss. You may be suffering with gingival recession if you notice any of the following symptoms:
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth that appear ‘longer’ than normal, indicating root exposure
  • Discoloration of your teeth
  • Uneven gum line
  • Notching at the gum line
  • Cavities below the gum line
  • Spaces in-between your teeth, “black triangles”

Their expertise in the specialty of periodontics sets Dr. Robert L. Holt and Dr. Mauricio Gutierrez apart as an ideal team of surgeons that will make your individual needs their priority. With each dedicating over 60 hours a year to furthering their education, you can relax knowing you are in skilled hands


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