Gum recession is a problem often associated with gum disease. In short, the gum tissue begins to pull away from the teeth. This can not only result in an unattractive smile but it also exposes the vulnerable tooth roots to acids and bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Additionally, gum recession can create periodontal pockets between the gums and teeth which are hard to clean and easily collect food and plaque.
What causes gum recession?
There are many factors which can cause your gum tissue to recede, including some of the following:
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Genetic predisposition
- Brushing your teeth too hard
- Poor dental hygiene
- Tobacco use
- Bruxism (clenching and grinding teeth)
- Crooked or misaligned teeth
- Oral piercings
How can I prevent gum recession?
Gum recession can cause serious harm to your oral health, but our periodontists offer several gum recession treatments in Winter Garden, Florida, to repair this condition. Additionally, our team at Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants provides advice on how to avoid gum recession in the first place. Some of this advice includes the following:
- Use the right brushing technique. See our Oral Hygiene Instructions page under the Gum Disease tab for more details.
- Avoid clenching and grinding your teeth. You may want to wear a night guard if you have this problem.
- Receive treatment for misaligned teeth
- Break bad habits that irritate the gum tissues
Please contact Dr. Ryan Mendro, Dr. Lucia Roca Mendro, and our team if you want to learn more about how to avoid gum recession.