What Causes Receding Gums?

• Periodontal disease
• Improper brushing techniques
• Frequent grinding and clenching of the jaw and teeth
• Using tobacco
• Hormones
• Family history
• Prior orthodontic and conventional gum disease treatment
• Body piercings in or near oral tissues
• Misaligned teeth

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Gum Recession Prevention

Patients with receding gums in Pensacola, FL and other regions often do not realize they have a problem until it is very obvious or until they are alerted by Dr. David Williams. Gingivitis, or early stage gum disease, can lead to moderate to severe oral infections which are often the cause of gum recession. However, other factors can play a role as well. 

Gum recession can begin when untreated gingivitis leads to periodontitis, which is a leading cause of receding gum tissues. Please call or contact us today so we can schedule an appointment for you with Dr. Williams. 

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Gum Recession – Causes in Pensacola, FL

The Many Causes of Receding Gums

Bacteria: Bacterial build up that leads to periodontal disease is probably the most common cause of gum recession. Unless removed, oral bacteria will grow and attack the gums and bone tissue, making these areas smaller and less healthy. This can cause the teeth to be more sensitive, unsightly, and at greater risk of falling out. Dr. Williams treats gingivitis and later stage gum disease to prevent and stop gum recession.

Family history: Many people are born with a tendency to develop periodontal disease and find it challenging to keep bacteria under control.

Brushing the wrong way: Gum recession can result from repeatedly brushing too hard or with the wrong type of toothbrush. Brush gently and use a soft bristled or electric toothbrush.

Hormones: Pregnancy and menopause cause changes in hormonal chemistry that can make the gums extra tender and more prone to developing gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Tobacco: Tobacco use can harm the gum tissues. People who smoke or chew it may find it more difficult to control and remove plaque.

Grinding and clenching: Also called bruxism, grinding the teeth can place unnecessary pressure on the gums, eventually causing the gum line to recede. Clenching has the same effect. Dr. Williams can determine if you are grinding your teeth, which happens most often during sleep.

Crooked teeth: If your bite is off due to malpositioned teeth, then your gums are subjected to more pressure than they are designed to handle. This can also increase the risk of gingivitis, as these areas may be more difficult to clean.

Piercings: Body jewellery is a popular trend today but placing it in the lips, mouth, and tongue can cause recession problems in certain gum areas.

Dental treatments: Sometimes gum recession happens as a result of a dental procedure, especially traditional periodontal disease surgery and orthodontics.

We hope that you and your family are taking steps to avoid gum recession. For people who already have receding gums in the Pensacola, FL region, we invite you to visit with Dr. Williams for advanced, minimally invasive treatments for gingivitis, periodontitis, and receding gums. Call or contact us today for your appointment!