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What Causes Receding Gums?

Many people find receding gums concerning because of the negative effects it can have on their smile, but most don’t realize that gum recession can be the result of even more concerning habits or conditions.

  • Gum Disease: Receding gums are one of the most common symptoms of gum disease. And, by the same token, gum disease is one of the main causes of receding gums. If your gums begin receding, it’s important to make an appointment with your dentist to rule out gum disease.
  • Oral Hygiene: Insufficient oral care can create the conditions that grow harmful bacteria in your mouth, as food debris is sometimes still present. Although you may brush regularly, if your gums begin receding, you may need to take further steps with daily flossing or by using other oral hygiene aids.
    Health and Genetics: Genetic factors can be a major reason you experience gum recession. If your parents or other family members have experienced gum problems, it’s important for you to be proactive about taking care of your own gums.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as gum disease or diabetes have been linked to receding gums. They may also be a temporary symptom associated with menopause or pregnancy.
  • Aggressive Brushing: Use soft toothbrushes and remember that plaque removal does not require more than a gentle brushing.
  • Tobacco: Tobacco, both smoking and smokeless tobacco, contributes to irritated gum tissue.

D. Kate Wilson here at Coastal Periodontics urges her patients to take receding gums seriously, as they can often point to other, more serious problems. If your gums are receding, please contact our office to set up an appointment.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015
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