When your gums start to pull away and expose more of the tooth structure, you may need a gum recession treatment to restore the gum line. Receding gums are one of the side effects of periodontal disease and many people do not realize that neglecting to seek appropriate treatment will put their oral health at risk.
Signs of Gum Recession
One of the first signs of gum recession is sensitive teeth. Another sign is that the gums start to pull away from the root of the tooth. The teeth can look longer than normal and you might notice a notch forming right at the gum line. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you must schedule a consultation with Dr. Trujillo as soon as possible.
Common Causes of Gum Recession
Your gums can recede for several reasons, including:
• Gum disease - An active infection can damage the gums, and they may start to recede.
• Genetics - Studies show that some people are a higher risk of developing gum disease because of genetics.
• Brushing technique - Being too aggressive with your tooth brushing routine can wear down the gums and cause permanent damage.
• Poor dental hygiene habits - Neglecting to brush and floss your teeth can cause plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to gum disease.
• Hormones - Fluctuating hormone levels can affect the gum tissue.
• Tobacco use - Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause excessive plaque formation, which can lead to gum disease.
• Clenching and grinding teeth - Pressure from clenching and grinding the teeth can damage the gums.
• Crooked or misaligned teeth - Crooked or misaligned teeth can put pressure on some parts of the mouth and cause gum damage.
• Lip and tongue piercings - Body jewelry can irritate the gum tissue and cause recession.
• Orthodontic treatment - When the teeth and bone are moving during an orthodontic treatment, you may develop receding gums.
Once the gums recede, they will not grow back on their own. For more information about periodontal disease and gum recession treatments, schedule your consultation in Merced, CA with Dr. Trujillo today!