If you notice your teeth are becoming very sensitive, you may have some degree of gum recession. Your teeth may appear larger than normal and receding gums may make you feel self-conscious about your smile. You must seek treatment for gum disease as soon as you notice the gums receding because once they wear down, they do not grow back on their own. If you are noticing gaps in your smile or have very sensitive teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kent for an oral evaluation.
Causes of Gum Recession
Some of the common causes of receding gums include:
- Periodontal disease
- Progressive gum disease will start to destroy the bone and gum tissue, leading to recession.
- Genetic predisposition
- Some people are more likely to develop periodontal disease, and therefore gum recession, than others.
- Oral hygiene routine
- Using the wrong brushing technique or type of toothbrush, or even applying too much pressure can contribute to gum recession.
- Hormonal shifts
- Your gums may be negatively affected by fluctuating hormone levels.
- Lifestyle habits
- Using tobacco products can negatively impact your oral health, often leading to gum disease and gum recession.
- Body piercings
- Tongue and lip piercings can irritate the gums and wear the tissue away over time.
- Misaligned bite
- Bite problems can put pressure on the teeth and gums and cause gum recession.
- Much like with a misaligned bite, grinding or clenching the teeth on a consistent basis can lead to receding gum tissues.
Dr. Kent offers several gingival recession treatment options, including soft tissue grafts and the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™). If you think you need treatment for gingival recession, schedule your appointment with Dr. Kent in Birmingham, AL today!