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3 Causes of Gum Recession


Posted on 4/24/2023 by Evan
3 Causes of Gum RecessionGum recession is a prevalent condition in which the gum tissues disengage from a tooth surface. If you have receding gums, you will note a more significant part of your teeth, and even the roots are exposed. The condition is mainly a consequence of adopting poor dental hygiene practices. Some of the top three causes of gum recession include:

Smoking


Tobacco is an enemy to your dental health. The agents from tobacco adhere to the gums and teeth and build up to cause tartar. A gradual buildup of tartar causes damage to the gum line, which leads to a recession. Smoking also weakens your immune system, making fighting any infections on your gums challenging. If you have any problem with your gums, smoking will interfere with the healing process, predisposing you to receding gums.

Teeth Misalignment


Misaligned teeth are when your teeth cannot naturally or smoothly come together. When chewing, you will place too much force on the gums, causing a recession. If you have crooked teeth talk to your dentists for the best dental remedies. Your dentists can recommend braces, crowns, dental bonding, and veneers to help solve crooked teeth and ensure you have a natural bite.

Brushing your Teeth Too Hard


When brushing your teeth, it is recommended that you are so gentle. Gentle brushing ensures you don't cause any damage to the tooth's enamel or gums. Aggressive brushing causes the gum tissues to pull away from the teeth. In the long run, it will lead to gum disease, which will eventually cause gum recession. Tooth sensitivity is the main symptom of this condition and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Mild gum recession can be resolved through nonsurgical treatments such as dental bonding. However, an orthodontist will recommend gum graft surgery for severe cases to correct the issue. It is best to contact an orthodontist early enough when you see any signs of your gums receding.

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