What are the causes of receding gums?

receding gums, What are the causes of receding gums?

Receding gums can be a concerning oral health issue and is a leading cause of tooth loss, with 50% of people having some form of gum recession, according to studies. Understanding the causes of receding gums is essential for preventing their occurrence and providing early intervention.

There are various contributing factors leading to gum recession, some of which we have covered below:

What Is Gum Recession?

Gum recession is a form of gum disease where the gum tissue around the teeth wears away or pulls back, exposing the roots of the teeth. It may occur over time or, in some cases, more rapidly, but gum recession can be a concerning issue that may lead to root decay and tooth sensitivity.

Aggressive Brushing

Brushing your teeth too vigorously or using a hard-bristled brush applies excessive pressure, which wears away the gum tissue and contributes to recession.

Dental Plaque

When plaque is not adequately removed, it can lead to a possible bacterial infection, the creation of gum pockets, and gum inflammation, which leads to gum recession.

Gum Disease: Periodontitis

Poorly managed gum disease, particularly periodontitis, is characterised by infection and inflammation, and as the disease progresses, the gums recede, exposing the tooth roots and creating pockets where bacteria can thrive.

Teeth Grinding

The extensive pressure and constant friction from teeth grinding affect the gums by putting pressure on them, causing them to recede.

Trauma To The Gum Tissue

Gum tissue trauma can disrupt the natural structure and attachment to the gumline, which can lead to gum recession.

Smoking or Chewing Tobacco

These habits have a detrimental effect on gum health as they restrict the blood flow to the gums, impair healing, and weaken the immune system’s ability to fight gum infections. These factors all contribute to gum recession.

Acting against these contributing factors is essential to achieving and maintaining healthy gums and teeth. If you’re looking to go about these issues or have any questions, contact us through our website or by phone at 01344 771615 to get in touch.

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