Associates of Dental Arts
Dr. Gregory Kivett

What are the causes of gum recession?

If your gums start to wear way or pull back from to the roots of your teeth, you may notice your teeth looking longer and becoming more sensitive. Gum recession is one of the symptoms of gum disease but can also be the result of mechanical and functional problems that may need to be addressed. Once the gums have receded, they cannot grow back and without proper treatment, you may end up losing your teeth.

Gum recession occurs very gradually, so many people do not even realize there is a problem until they notice gaps forming between the teeth or when their teeth become very sensitive. If you are concerned about gum recession causes and want to learn more about treatment options, set up a consultation with Associates of Dental Arts as soon as possible.

Some of the most common causes of gum recession include:

• Periodontal Disease - An active infection in the mouth can destroy gum tissue and supporting bone structures.

• Genetics - For some people, genetics are to blame for the development of gum disease.

• Tooth Brushing Regimen - Using the wrong brushing technique can wear down your tooth structure and can contribute to gum recession.

• Poor Dental Hygiene - Neglecting to brush and floss your teeth regularly can cause plaque buildup which sets the stage for the development of gum disease.

• Tobacco Product Use - Smoking and chewing tobacco can damage gum tissues and decreases blood supply to the gums. Tobacco use is a secondary cause of periodontal disease.

• Bruxism - If you have a habit of grinding and clenching your teeth, the pressure on the teeth can make your teeth shift and cause gum recession.

• Misalignment - If your teeth are not coming together evenly and your bite is off, you may put more pressure on some parts of the gum and bone tissue which can cause receding gums.

• Body Piercing - Any jewelry in the mouth can irritate the gums and cause gum recession.

After identifying gum recession causes, the team will put together a treatment plan to treat and restore your gums. Procedures may include pocket depth reduction, regeneration, and soft tissue grafts.

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