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Why Are Your Gums Receding?

Posted in Receding Gums

Receding gums are usually marked by:

  • Long yellow tooth roots showing
  • Increased temperature sensitivity
  • More cavities along the gumlines

Gum recession happens slowly over time. Since you may not notice any of the signs listed above until it’s too late, however, it may seem like your gums shrunk away overnight.

What causes gums to recede?

Aggressively Brushing Your Teeth

Scrubbing at your gums too harshly or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can literally scrub your gums right off your teeth. Switching to a softer or powered toothbrush can help you be more gentle on your gums.

Poor Tooth Alignment

Crooked teeth put a strain on your gum’s elasticity. The constant pressure of biting on a tilted tooth will only push the gums further away. Putting the tooth back in line with orthodontic treatment may help prevent additional recession.

Plaque and Tartar

If plaque is left near the gums too long, it can trigger the swelling and shrinkage associated with periodontitis. Hardened dental plaque (tartar or calculus) is a mechanical irritant to delicate gum tissue.

Dental Appliances

Wearing anything else in your mouth on a regular basis has the potential to cause gum recession. Ill-fitting partial dentures, retainers, braces, mouth guards, and even oral piercings can chafe at the gum line.

Gum Disease

Inflamed and swollen gums are very taut and can pull away from the crowns of teeth, leading to tooth loss.

These are just a few of many potential causes of gum recession. If you notice your gums shrinking away from your teeth, then don’t wait any longer to get help. Visit your local dentist to identify possible causes and prevent more damage.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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