Why Do Gums Recede?

One common issue seen in periodontics and general dentistry is gum recession, a problem in which the gums pull backward and no longer cover as much of the tooth as they once did. Gum recession should not be taken lightly, as this issue can both detract from the appearance of your smile and increase your risk of tooth decay. To learn more, continue reading to discover some common causes of gum recession.

Periodontal Disease

While you may know that brushing your teeth twice a day is important for preventing tooth decay, did you realize that this oral hygiene practice is essential for promoting the health of your gums, as well? When teeth aren’t brushed properly and consistently, plaque, which is made up of bacteria, can accumulate along the gumline. The plaque buildup can irritate and infect the gums, resulting in the first stage of gum disease: gingivitis. If not addressed, gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease, which is an advanced stage of gum disease that can cause gum recession.

Tooth Grinding

Bruxism, or tooth grinding, occurs when someone clenches or grinds their teeth together while sleeping at night. Bruxism can lead to gum recession and other oral health issues, so speak with your dentist about possible solutions if you grind your teeth at night.

Tissue Trauma

Some mouth injuries involve damage to the gum tissue. When the gum tissue suffers trauma, this can sometimes lead to gum recession.

Aggressive Brushing

While brushing too infrequently can lead to periodontal disease and gum recession, brushing too aggressively can also cause gum tissue to retract. To help protect your gums from the effects of aggressive brushing, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently clean your teeth in a circular motion.

Eagle Falls Dentistry offers dental cleanings and periodontics in Bloomingdale, IL to help promote the health of your gums. If you would like to request an appointment, please call (630) 894-5992.

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