Top 9 Reasons for Receding Gums

periodontist wilmington ncDo you have a receding gum line? If so, don’t feel alone, millions of your fellow Americans are in the same boat. A receding gum line can eventually lead to lost teeth over time if nothing is done within your daily dental hygiene habits, which is why this dental health issue is a very important one to stay on top of.

What are Receding Gums?

Gum recession is the process in which the margin of the tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away in a direction toward the the root, exposing more of the tooth over time. Receding gums may be one of the first signs of gum disease. When gum recession occurs, “pockets,” or gaps, form between the teeth and gum line, making it easy for disease-causing bacteria to build up. This is where lost teeth can become a real¬†possibility¬†if left untreated.

Top 9 Reasons for a Receding Gum Line

1. Periodontal diseases: These are bacterial gum infections that destroy gum tissue and supporting bone that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease is the main cause of gum recession.

2. Your genes: Some people may be more susceptible to gum disease. In fact, studies show that 30% of the population may be predisposed to gum disease, regardless of how well they care for their teeth.

3. Aggressive tooth brushing: If you brush your teeth too hard or the wrong way, it can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear away and your gums to recede.

4. Insufficient dental care: Inadequate brushing and flossing makes it easy for plaque to turn into calculus (tartar) — a hard substance that can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning — and build up on and in between your teeth, causing gum recession.

5. Hormonal changes: Fluctuations in female hormone levels during a woman’s lifetime, such as in puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can make gums more sensitive and more vulnerable to gum recession.

6. Tobacco products: Tobacco users are more likely to have sticky plaque on their teeth that is difficult to remove, which can cause gum recession.

7. Grinding and clenching your teeth: Clenching or grinding your teeth can put too much force on the teeth, causing gums to recede.

8. Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite: When teeth do not come together evenly, too much force can be placed on the gums and bone, allowing gums to recede.

9. Body piercing of the lip or tongue: Jewelry can rub the gums and irritate them to the point that gum tissue is worn away.

Try to stay away from these 9 core causes of receding gums, and then hopefully you can steer clear from adult tooth loss and looking like a retired hockey player when you retire. Unless that’s a goal of yours that is.

Do you have receding gums? Then contact us today to schedule an appointment to ensure they don’t recede beyond the point of no return.

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  1. Deborah says

    I have brushed religiously for over 25 years and I have flossed almost every night, sometimes twice a day. I always had slightly receded gums, but not enough for anyone to notice. I have had severe gum loss in the last 4 months. Probably 2-3 mm. My dentist said I was brushing too hard and recommended changes. I was very skeptical, because I have always taken caution. I too the advice and things have progressively gotten worse. I have always taken pride in my teeth as one of my best features and now they tell me to stop brushing so hard. I am not, but I cannot make it stop. I quit coffee, sweets, alcohol and have taken things up a notch with my dental care. I have started taking vitamins, rinsing with mouthwash, brushing my teeth at work (gently). My gums are dissolving before my eyes and I can’t get help. I can’t chance that every random remedy may help if I try it for 3 or 4 weeks. I need help sooner than than. I will definitely increase my vitamin C intake. Is there any medication that is linked to this?

    • Dr. Bozart says

      Since everyone is such a unique case and there could be so many reasons for this it’s hard to say what it is or isn’t without being face to face.. But what i would do is get a second opinion from another recommended dentist in your area.

  2. Jean says

    I have receding gums, despite having impeccable oral hygiene. I have had gum grafts done on both my right and left lower molars (covering 3 exposed roots each time). I used to grind my teeth at night. I don’t seem to do that any longer, but now I have been biting the insides of my cheeks on a daily basis. Sometimes I chew gum to stop the cheek biting. I don’t know if this biting action is causing further recession, but I suspect that it is. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions, especially anything that could help me break the habit of biting/chewing the inside of my mouth. Thank you in advance.

    • Dr. Bozart says

      Gum is a good idea.. With things such as biting your cheeks there’s not much you can do accept to just try to become very mentally aware of the habit and learn to stop doing it little by little. It’s odd that you’ve had such issues with your gums when your oral hygiene is very good. You may want to get checked for being pre-diabetic. Sometimes persistent gum issues stem from Diabetes and a lot of patients don’t even realize they have it..

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