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What Causes Gum Recession?

April 13, 2018

Woman pointing to beautiful healthy smileDo your gums seem to be shrinking or your teeth suddenly appear longer? You may be experiencing gum recession. This is a common side effect of numerous oral health concerns, but a skilled dentist can help you renew your oral health and reshape your gum line. In this post, we’ll walk through some of the common causes of gum tissue recession and treatments for this oral health concern. It’s important that patients understand how to prevent gum tissue recession, notice the warning signs, and seek professional treatment as soon as possible.

Main Causes of Gum Tissue Recession

You may experience gum tissue recession for a number of reasons, including:

  • Gum disease – periodontal (gum) disease is the most common cause of soft tissue recession. This disease breaks down the soft tissue that connects teeth and gums leading to serious oral health concerns.
  • Overly intense brushing/flossing – if you use a hard bristled toothbrush or simply brush or floss too hard, you may cause the soft tissue to recede.
  • Genetics – some patients are born at higher risk for gum tissue recession.
  • Teeth grinding – bruxism, unconscious teeth grinding and clenching, can place intense pressure on teeth shifting them and damaging soft tissue.
  • Soft tissue trauma – following an accident or facial trauma, your soft tissue may recede.

How is Gum Tissue Recession Treated?

The goal of any dentist should be to help patients prevent soft tissue recession. During regular dental checkups, your dentist should notice this oral health concern in the early stages and help you adjust your in-office and at-home hygiene to prevent further soft tissue recession. If you do notice warning signs of gum tissue recession like teeth that appear longer, bite that doesn’t feel right, increased dental sensitivity, or other warning signs, it’s time to visit your dentist. To determine what treatment to provide, the dentist will need to discover the underlying cause of your gum tissue recession. For patients suffering from gum disease, you will need scaling and root planing or other periodontal therapies. Patients with damaged gums may need soft tissue grafting to replace the lost gum tissue.

Meet the Hillsview Dental Care Team

At Hillsview Dental Care, we are happy to provide a wide range of periodontal therapies, preventive dentistry services, and restoration options to keep patients’ smiles whole and healthy. If you’re struggling with gum tissue recession, don’t hesitate to call our team. We’ll be happy to help you reshape your smile and achieve perfect gum health. Whether you’re in need of treatment for gum tissue recession or you just need to schedule a dental checkup, give our Anaheim Hills dentistry team a call today. We look forward to helping you with all of your dental care needs.

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