What causes gum recession?
Gum recession can be caused by several different factors:
• Gum Disease – When a bacterial infection occurs in the mouth, it can destroy bone and gum tissue and cause recession.
• Genetics – Unfortunately, some people have a genetic predisposition for gum disease which often causes gum recession.
• Aggressive Brushing – Brushing your teeth too aggressively can contribute to gum recession.
• Hormones – During pregnancy, many women experience a dramatic rise in their hormone levels. This makes them more susceptible to gum disease and therefore gum recession.
• Teeth Grinding – Patients who grind or clench their teeth place unnecessary pressure on their teeth and gums which can lead to a receding gum line.
• Misalignment – Just like teeth grinding, misalignment can place additional pressure on certain areas of the gum line and cause recession.
• Poor Hygiene – Patients who do not brush and floss every day have a higher amount of plaque and bacteria in their mouths. This can lead to gum disease and eventually gum recession.
How can I prevent gum recession?
Gum recession is fairly easy to prevent. Scheduling regular checkups with Dr. Moore can help us detect any dental problems such as gum disease or misalignment that might cause receding gums. It also helps to avoid tobacco products, eat a healthy diet, use an electric toothbrush, and avoid oral piercings. Following these tips will help to improve your oral health and keep your gums in good shape.
Gum disease and other factors can contribute to gum recession in your mouth. To learn more about treating gum recession in Sugar Hill, GA and the surrounding areas, contact Dr. Moore and schedule your consultation today!