Receding Gums - Aliso Viejo, CA
If you are noticing gingival recession, you may find that your teeth are very sensitive and the gums are wearing away. Receding gums are one of the signs of gum disease and can also indicate functional or mechanical problems that need to be addressed. Once the gums wear down, they cannot be restored without treatment.
Signs of receding gums often include gaps forming between the teeth, tooth sensitivity, and teeth that appear larger than usual. You may also feel a notch on the tooth around the gum line. Any of these signs of gum recession require an evaluation and we recommend that you schedule an oral exam as soon as possible.
Common Causes of Gingival Recession
Some of the key causes of gingival recession include:
- Gum disease
- This is an active infection in the mouth that can destroy bone and gum tissue, often leading to tooth loss if left untreated.
- Some people are predisposed to developing gum disease and therefore gum recession.
- Tooth brushing routine
- Using the wrong technique can wear down the gum tissues.
- Poor oral hygiene
- Neglecting to brush and floss your teeth and maintain regular cleanings and checkups can set the stage for gum disease.
- Hormonal changes
- Hormonal changes
- Tobacco use
- Smoking and chewing tobacco products can negatively impact gum tissues and may result in recession.
- Grinding and clenching habits
- Excessive pressure on the teeth can cause them to shift and wear down the gum tissue.
- Bite misalignment
- Much like the above cause, extreme pressure on certain areas of the mouth often result in gum recession.
- Body jewelry
- Tongue and lip piercings can irritate the gums, leading to recession in areas of constant contact.
Preventing Gum Recession
Some of the things you can do to prevent receding gums include:
- Maintain regular checkups and teeth cleanings
- Refraining from using tobacco products
- Eating a well-balanced diet
- Using the right brushing technique
- Correcting a misaligned bite
Please do not ignore receding gums. Learn more about gingival recession treatment options by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Cho today!