What Are The Top 10 Reasons for Receding Gums?

Do your teeth look yellow or stained at the gumline? Do they have a heightened sensitivity? Are they prone to developing cavities?

You may be experiencing gum recession - something that you do not want to ignore. Why? Because if left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structure of your teeth can be severely damaged which could result in tooth loss.

Here we’ll show you the top ten reasons that can contribute to receding gums.

Top 10 Reasons for Receding Gums

1. Aggressive brushing techniques
By brushing your teeth too vigorously, you can wear away the enamel on your teeth, and your gums will start to recede. Always use a soft or extra soft toothbrush and be gentle but thorough.

2. Tobacco products
People who chew or smoke tobacco are more likely to develop sticky plaque on their teeth which is hard to remove so therefore can lead to gum disease. The chemicals also damage all of the soft tissues in the mouth and leads to receding gums.

3. Gum diseases
Bacterial gum infections like periodontal disease destroy the gum tissue and the supporting bone that holds your teeth in place. These diseases cause receding gums.

4. Insufficient dental care
Inadequate brushing and flossing habits will lead to excessive accumulations of plaque and tartar on and between your teeth. The build up of plaque and tartar irritates the gums and can cause them to recede.

5. Teeth grinding and/or clenching
By putting too much unnecessary force on your teeth you can cause the gums to recede.

6. Genetics
Some people are simply more susceptible to gum disease. Therefore, even if you are a diligent brusher and flosser, you may be predisposed to gum disease, which leads to receding gums.

7. Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite
It can be much harder to keep crooked teeth clean. A misaligned bite can cause a person to put excessive forces on some teeth and minimal forces on others. Both can lead to gum recessions.

8. Lip or tongue piercings
Body jewellery can rub against your gums, which can irritate them and wear away the gum tissue.

9. Hormonal changes
For women who experience hormonal fluctuations, especially during pregnancy or menopause, their gums can become more inflamed and hence more vulnerable to receding gums.

10.  Accelerated orthodontic treatment 
By moving the teeth too quickly during an orthodontic treatment, the gums can start to recede, due to the body’s inability to adjust to rapid tooth movement. 

Learn more about receding gums, including how to treat receding gums and prevent receding gums.

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