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What Causes Receding Gums?

Posted on 7/18/2022 by Dr. Sebastien Murphy
What Causes Receding Gums?Most of the time, gum recession is caused by periodontal (gum) disease; plaque, a thin layer of bacteria and food particles that forms on teeth is frequently the source of gum disease. In turn, gum disease makes the gums weaker and hence shrinks. You can lower your chance of getting a gum infection by brushing and flossing your teeth daily to remove plaque that causes disease.


Your gum tissue thickness comes from your genes, which you get from your parents. People with naturally thin gums are more likely to have a recession caused by a toothbrush, injury, or wear. If you have thinner tissues, you will need to take better care of your teeth and gums and visit the dentist more often.

Tooth coming out of the skeletal housing

Teeth usually come from the middle of a skeletal housing that protects the root. If a tooth comes in or moves outside of this housing, it can expose the root and leave little or no gum tissue around the tooth. Moving the tooth into the right place with orthodontics could help thicken the gum tissue and make it less likely to recede.

Aggressive hygiene

Hard scrubbing may work for some cleaning tasks, but it is not the right way to clean your teeth. When you brush too hard, you damage your gums, leading to gum recession and tooth wear. Plaque removal should be left to the toothbrush bristles' gentle, mechanical action and the toothpaste's abrasives. Even though gum disease treatment or grafting surgery can often fix gum recession, it is much better to prevent it from happening in the first place. So, brush and floss your teeth daily with the right technique to eliminate disease-causing plaque. Make sure your gums stay healthy by going to the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

When you experience receding gums, contact our specialist to book an appointment with us today.
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