Receding Gums - Why Does This Happen?

Thursday, March 21st, 2013, 9:36 pm

Receding gums or gum recession occurs when the edge of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth is worn away or pulls back. This exposes more of the tooth making your tooth look longer and more sensitive. Receding gums may be one of the first signs of gum disease.

Receding gums should not be ignored. If you think that your gums are receding you should make an appointment with your dentist to figure out the reason why. Your dentist can provide treatments that repair the gum and prevent further damage.

Why does this happen? Receding gums can occur because of the following reasons:

  • Gum disease – this bacterial infection destroys gum tissue and the bone the supports your teeth. This is the most common cause of gum recession.
  • Genetics – your family history may make your more susceptible.
  • Tooth brushing – brush gently please, aggressive brushing can damage tooth enamel and cause gums to recede.
  • Poor oral health care – skipping out on brushing and flossing causes the buildup of plaque which causes gum recession.
  • Hormonal changes – during pregnancy, puberty and menopause women may have hormone fluctuations that make their gums vulnerable.
  • Bruxism – if you grind or clench your teeth the forces can cause gum recession.
  • Smoking and other tobacco use – smoking wreaks havoc on the body, including gum health.
  • Oral piercings – piercings of the lip or tongue cause a great deal of damage to gum tissue and lead to chipped or broken teeth. Maybe pierce something else.
  • Crooked teeth – when the bite is out of alignment too much force can be placed on certain areas of the mouth leading to gum recession. Repairing the poor bite can resolve the problem.

Treatments for receding gums depend upon the severity of the problem and will be discussed in our next post.

If you think your gums are receding please contact Toccoa, GA general dentist Wilbanks Smile Center today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your consultation.

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