Receding Gums: Why It Happens (And What You Can Do)

questionmarkgearsWhen you end up dealing with receding gums, you might not have much of an idea regarding how it happened, if something serious is wrong, or what you need to do going forward. This is one of the main reasons we suggest you come in to our practice twice annually (preferably every six months). We will detect recession (along with other possible concerns) early on, so you don’t need to spend time worrying! As for the uncertainties you have about gums that pull away from your teeth, we are happy to explain why it happens and what will generally take place to solve the problem.

It Could Be Gum Disease

Receding gums are often a major red flag that lets you know gum disease is occurring. This type of oral health issue includes symptoms like gum inflammation, gum recession, red gums, bleeding gums, and more. The issue occurs when bacteria from plaque build up beneath gum tissue, resulting in irritation, infection, and the progression of disease. As it continues to advance, your gums pull back (recede), leaving you with partially exposed tooth roots. To address the issue, you will require ultrasonic scaling (deep cleaning) and possibly specialized care.

It Might Be Your Brushing

The receding gums you are seeing in the mirror could be the simple result of your brushing habits and not disease at all. An easy way to identify this issue is to ask yourself whether you brush your teeth with a lot of force or if you are quite delicate. If you use pressure to brush, you might be cleaning your teeth too vigorously. The result? Gum recession and often tooth sensitivity. You will need to change your habits and speak with us, so we may guide you back toward good gum health.