What Causes Gum Recession?

September 23, 2019 12:52 pm
woman covering her mouth with her hand to hide gum recession

Gum recession is a gradual process in which your gum slowly pulls back from the tooth over time. While you may not immediately notice gum recession, some of the early warning signs include increased tooth sensitivity and teeth that appear longer. While gums won’t grow back on their own, there are some steps that Dr. Linkous and our team can take to treat the problem.

Common Causes of Gum Recession

  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Poor oral hygiene is one of the most common causes of receding gums. Without the proper care, bacteria can sneak below the gumline and harden into tartar. This irritates gums and causes them to begin to recede from teeth. To protect yourself, practice good oral hygiene at home. This involves brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and flossing every day.
  • Vigorous Brushing: While you may believe that by simply brushing your teeth you are protecting yourself from gum recession, it turns out that your brushing technique may matter more than you think. If you vigorously brush your teeth in an effort to finish more quickly, you are probably irritating your gums and even damaging your tooth enamel. When you brush, brush gently for the full two minutes and use a soft-bristled brush.
  • Genetics: Your genes may play a role in your gum health. Some people are more susceptible to receding gums than others. For example, some people have thinner gums that are more likely to recede and develop gum disease. If you have a history of gum disease in your family, it is important that you pay special attention to the health of your gums.
  • Gum Disease: Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. In its early stages, gum disease can be treated and reversed. One of the early warning signs that you may be developing gum diseases is gum recession. Other warning signs include gums that are red, swollen, tender, or bleed easily.

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If you believe that your gums are receding, we can help. A professional deep cleaning can remove bacteria and help restore the health of your gums. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next visit, call our office today!

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