Gum Recession Causes
The following gum recession causes may indicate a higher risk in certain individuals:
- Periodontal disease
- Poor or insufficient oral hygiene
- Hormonal changes
- Genetic factors
- Aggressive tooth brushing habits
- Use of medium or hard bristled toothbrushes
- Teeth clenching or grinding habits
- Use of tobacco (smoking and smokeless)
- Oral piercings
- Habitually chewing on foreign objects
- Malpositioned teeth
- Jaw misalignment
As evidenced above, quite a few gum recession causes have been identified. However, the primary cause of gum recession is periodontal disease. This progressive oral infection results from harmful bacteria that cause destruction of the bone supporting and holding the teeth in place. When the bone level shrinks due to this disease process, the gum tissue follows. These bacteria induce separation of the gums from the teeth, which then begin to recede down the root in response to the bone loss caused by periodontal disease.
Apart from avoiding known gum recession causes and treating periodontal disease as soon as possible, maintaining regular dental cleanings and exams is imperative to keeping receding gum tissues at bay. For your gum recession evaluation, contact our Oak Brook, IL office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Amarik Singh.