Gum Recession Causes


What causes gum recession?

Receding gums may be the result of gum disease and other problems that affect the quality of your smile. These include:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Genetics
  • Poor dental hygiene habits
  • Crooked teeth
  • Bruxism
  • Incorrect brushing technique
  • Misalignment of the teeth
  • Oral piercings
  • Orthodontic treatment

How Do I Prevent Gum Recession?

Some of the most effective ways to prevent gum recession include:

  • Using the right tooth brushing technique
  • Refraining from clenching and grinding the teeth
  • Getting treatment for tooth misalignment
  • Addressing gum disease early on
  • Breaking habits that irritate the gum tissue
  • Wearing a nightguard

Signs of Gum Recession

If your gums are starting to pull away and exposure more of the tooth structure, you may need gum recession treatment to restore your beautiful smile. Many people do not even realize there is a problem because the gums recede very gradually.

One of the first signs of gum recession is sensitive teeth. If you notice that your teeth are becoming very sensitive when eating or drinking, it could be because the gums are pulling away from the teeth and exposing the root surfaces. Other signs of gum recession are teeth that look longer than normal along with changes in your smile. If you are noticing any of these signs, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wilbanks as soon as possible.

Common Causes of Gum Recession

Your gums can start to recede for a number of reasons. Common causes include:

  • Gum disease – Gum disease is an infection in the mouth, which can spread to the supporting structures and cause gum recession.
  • Genetics – If you are predisposed to developing gum disease, you may experience receding gums.
  • Brushing technique – Brushing too hard or using the wrong toothbrush can contribute to gum recession.
  • Poor oral hygiene – If you are not brushing and flossing regularly, you compromise your oral health and may end up with gum problems.
  • Hormones – Fluctuating hormone levels can make the gums prone to gum disease, and therefore gum recession.
  • Tobacco product use – Smoking and chewing tobacco can increase the risk of gum disease and gum recession.
  • Bruxism – Clenching and grinding the teeth can put stress on some areas of the mouth and lead to gum recession.
  • Oral piercings – Lip, cheek, and tongue jewelry can irritate the gums and wear down the tissue.
  • Orthodontic treatment – If you wear braces or are undergoing other treatments that shift the teeth, you may experience some gum recession.

Contact us to learn more about gum recession causes or to schedule an appointment.

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