When your gums seem to slowly disappear or shrink over time, that means you have receding gums. Having receding gums can be a little scary and can sometimes be painful if the gums recede far enough as to expose your tooth’s sensitive dentin. There are several causes for receding gums, and today HomeTown Dental is going over those causes and treatment options.
Causes of Receding Gums
There are quite a few causes for receding gums including:
- Gum Disease – over time, the gum infection will attack and eat away at the gums and this is the most common cause for receding gums.
- Genetics – some patients will be genetically predisposed to have receding gums, but that isn’t the only way genetics affect dental health.
- Natural Gum Recession – a patient’s gums can shrink naturally with age despite having great dental health.
- Improper Brushing – brushing too hard can damage the gums and lead to gum tissue trauma.
- Hard Toothbrush – you may be brushing with too hard of a toothbrush, but you can find the right one with HomeTown Dental’s toothbrush guide.
- Teeth Grinding – also referred to as bruxism, teeth grinding puts a great deal of stress on both your teeth and gums.
- Hormonal Changes in Women – gums are quite sensitive to changes in hormones, especially during pregnancy and menopause.
- Tobacco Use – having noticeable effects on the entirety of dental health, using tobacco severely damages your gums.
- Diabetes – if not properly managed, diabetes can affect gum health.
- Oral Piercings – lip or tongue piercings can irritate and wear away gum tissue.
Treating Receding Gums
As with most dental health issues, the treatment plan depends on the severity of the recession. In the cases of minor gum recession, a thorough dental cleaning and gum therapy from a professional dentist could be the fix. When the recession is more severe, a surgical procedure such as a gum graft may be required.
Stop suffering from receding gums. Contact your local HomeTown Dental today.
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