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Causes of Gum Recession

March 19, 2011 @ 06:48 PM -- by

Taking good care of your teeth is essential for optimal dental health, but so is taking care of your gums. Many people don’t realize just how important it is to take good care of the gums. If not, gum disease and other things may lead to gum recession. This means increased tooth sensitivity, the potential for tooth decay under the gumline, and many other serious dental care issues. Newport Beach cosmetic dentist James Correa, DDS, and the rest of the team here at the practice would like to take a brief moment right now to discuss some causes of gum recession and what you can do to ensure lasting dental health.

First of all, let’s quickly define gum recession. Gum recession refers to the retraction of the gums away from the tooth. When this occurs, it can expose more of the root structure of a tooth. And as mentioned above, this can result in tooth sensitivity as well as cavities and tooth decay affecting the structure of the tooth below the gumline.

There are many different causes of gum recession, and while people who are in their 40s and older are more prone to having gum recession, teenagers can experience it as well. One of the most common causes of receding gums is gum disease. When you develop gingivitis or periodontitis, this can cause your gums to bleed, swell, and also pull away from the tooth. Another common cause of gum recession is tooth misalignment and crowding. When teeth are misaligned, the gums may not be able to cover the tooth properly. Chewing tobacco and smoking can also lead to gum recession over time, which is just another important reason to quit.

One of the biggest causes of gum recession has to do with poor dental hygiene. People who don’t brush and floss regularly can develop gum disease, but that’s just part of the issue. What surprises many is that brushing your teeth too hard can also lead to gum recession and may harm the gums as well. For this reason, be sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles and to use a toothpaste that is gentle on your teeth and gums.

If you have gum recession, there are gum grafts and other soft tissue solutions that you can benefit from. For more information about your options for gum recession treatment as well as Newport Beach porcelain veneers and other matters, be sure to contact our Newport Beach cosmetic dentistry office today.