You Deserve to Know Why Your Gums are Receding
Maybe you first began to notice a darker discoloration on the teeth near the gum line, or felt a notch or dent in this same area. Then, you started to notice a bit of discomfort when you ate foods or drank drinks that were particularly hot or cold. Finally, you realized that your teeth had become “longer” looking because your gums had pulled back.
What you have is called gum recession, and it is an extremely common reason for people to visit Dr. Paul Snisky and Dr. Stephen Stein. As periodontists, they understand and explain the causes of receding gums to patients in Scarsdale, NY. The most frequent cause of recession is gum disease; however, several contributing factors include:
- Gum disease
- This is also called periodontal disease and is a progressive condition. Fortunately, gum disease can be reversed in its early stages and managed later. Gum disease is one of the primary reasons for gum tissues to recede.
- Poor oral hygiene
- Are you brushing and flossing at least twice per day? Many children, teens, and adults develop bad habits when it comes to taking care of their teeth and gums. Eventually, this can cause gum recession.
- Improper brushing
- There is a certain way to brush your teeth, and you may be surprised to learn you have been doing it wrong! If you are being too aggressive, your brush bristles may be “grinding down” and irritating your gum tissues.
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Are you pregnant or entering into menopause? Hormones change many aspects of our health and wellbeing; in fact, they can turn gum tissues ultra-tender.
- Mouth jewelry
- Though you may think your tongue ring is in vogue, it could be the reason for your receding gums. Mouth jewelry is an annoyance to the teeth and gums.
- Family history
- If your parents and/or siblings have (or had) gum recession, it is more likely you will have it, too.
- Crooked teeth
- Teeth that are not in near perfect positions may induce extra pressure or stress on certain areas of the mouth, creating an atmosphere in which gum recession can occur.
- Tobacco use
- Smoking and chewing tobacco are prime culprits when it comes to figuring out why patients have receding gums. To preserve the future of your mouth, why not start a cessation program today?
To find out more about the causes of receding gums in Scarsdale, NY, set up a consultation with Dr. Snisky and Dr. Stein today. We look forward to meeting you!