Gum recession can occur so gradually that many people do not realize they suffer from the condition until they start to experience its adverse effects. If you have noticed your gum tissue starting to pull away from your teeth, causing an uneven gum line and tooth sensitivity, it is very likely that you have gum recession. It is important that you find out what is causing your gum recession. Arlington Periodontics can diagnose and treat your gum recession or shrinkage causes in Arlington, TX.
Causes of Gum Recession
Periodontal diseases are the most common cause for gum recession, also called gingival recession. However, there are many other factors that can cause or accelerate gum recession, including:
- Periodontal disease
- This is a severe form of gum and bone disease. Periodontal disease is an active infection caused by harmful oral bacteria that can destroy your soft tissue and supporting bone.
- Tooth brushing technique
- Not brushing and flossing enough, or brushing your teeth too aggressively and at the wrong angle, can wear down your gum tissue. Ask Arlington Periodontics about proper ways to brush and floss.
- About one third of the population is at risk of developing gum disease because of a genetic predisposition, and periodontal disease is the most common cause of gum recession.
- A sudden increase in hormones due to pregnancy or menopause can affect the gum tissues.
- Oral piercings
- Piercings in the lip or tongue can rub up against your gums. Over time, this constant friction will cause soft tissue damage and receding gums.
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Ask Arlington Periodontics about an occlusal adjustment and a nightguard to protect your teeth and gums against the extreme pressure of teeth grinding and clenching.
- Tobacco products
- Using tobacco products like smokeless tobacco and cigarettes will often increase tartar buildup and can wear down your gum tissue.
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth can put pressure on each other and wear away your soft tissues.
- Orthodontic treatment
- As your teeth and bone are shifted with brackets and wires, your gum tissue can experience enough trauma to recede.
Once your gum tissue is lost, it will not grow back and you will need to seek professional treatment. If you have gum disease or are noticing your gums pulling away from your teeth, call Arlington Periodontics in Arlington, TX and schedule your consultation as soon as possible.