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Common Causes of Receding Gums

Beautiful smile with dental mirrorReceding gums occur when the gum tissue begins to pull away from the teeth, exposing the tooth roots. Gum recession can cause concern because of the way it makes your smile look, but there is a lot more to gum recession than just the aesthetics of your teeth. Receding gums can be the result of more concerning conditions or habits.

Causes of Gum Recession

Below are a few of the most common causes of receding gums:

  • Oral Hygiene – Improper oral hygiene can create harmful conditions in the mouth, allowing bacteria to grow and spread. Even if you begin to practice good oral hygiene now, you may still need to take further steps, beginning with a professional cleaning.
  • Gum Disease – Gum recession is one of the most common symptoms of gum disease and gingivitis. If you notice receding gums, please make an appointment to rule out gum disease as quickly as possible. The sooner gum disease is treated, the better.
  • Medical Conditions – There are certain medical conditions that can contribute to gum recession. These conditions include gum disease and diabetes. Changes in hormones like those during pregnancy and menopause can also cause receding gums.
  • Aggressive Brushing – Brushing your teeth and gums too aggressively can damage the gum tissue and cause it to recede. You only need to use soft-bristled toothbrushes and brush gently to remove plaque and food debris.
  • Use of Tobacco Products – Lastly, while the use of tobacco products is bad for your oral and overall health, it can also cause gum disease and irritate the gum tissue. These are both contributing factors to gum recession.

At Balota Family Dentistry, we want to help you take care of your gum recession in order to restore the beauty of your smile and the health of your teeth and gum tissue. For more information or to make an appointment at our Colorado Springs general dental office, please call Balota Family Dentistry today.  

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