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Gum Recession Causes

Causes of Receding Gums

Gum recession can be the result of gum disease and other factors, such as:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Tooth brushing techniques
  • Poor dental hygiene habits
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Tobacco use
  • Bruxism
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Oral piercings around the mouth
  • Orthodontic treatment

Gum Recession

When you have gum disease and start to lose gum tissue, you may notice your teeth become very sensitive. This is because the gums are pulling back and exposing more of the tooth structure. Receding gums can be problematic and may prevent you from smiling with confidence.

Recognizing Signs of Gum Recession

Some of the most common signs of gum recession include: having very sensitive teeth; gums pulling away from the root of the tooth; teeth looking longer than normal; feeling a notch forming near the gum line; getting food stuck around the gum line easily. You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Dhillon and Dr. Seddon if you notice any of these signs of gum disease and gum recession.

Common Causes of Gum Recession

Here is a breakdown of some common causes of gum recession:

  • Gum disease – an active infection in the mouth can destroy gum tissue which leads to gum recession
  • Genetics – studies show that some people are genetically-predisposed to developing gum disease
  • Tooth brushing technique – aggressive brushing or using the wrong type of toothbrush could be wearing down your gums
  • Poor dental care practices – brushing and flossing your teeth regularly can prevent plaque and tartar buildup
  • Hormonal shifts – fluctuating hormonal levels can affect the gum tissues and contribute to gum recession
  • Using tobacco products – smoking and chewing tobacco can increase plaque formation and cause the gums to recede
  • Bruxism – if you grind and clench your teeth, you may be at risk for developing gum recession
  • Misalignment – crooked or misaligned teeth can put pressure on certain areas of the mouth and cause gum recession
  • Body piercings – any body jewelry around the lips and tongue can irritate the tissue and cause gum recession
  • Orthodontic treatment – shifting teeth during orthodontic treatment can cause gum recession

If you are concerned about the effects of gum disease and gingival recession, schedule your consultation with Dr. Dhillon and Dr. Seddon today!

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