Is your big-grin smile showing less gum that it used to? Gum recession is a common problem in North America, especially for those over 40. And it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Receding gums can warn of periodontal disease, stroke, and some cancers.
Although the leading cause of receding gums is gum disease, there are many more and all of them can open the door to gum infection and periodontitis.
*Hormone fluctuations: Hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can make gums sensitive and more likely to recede.
*Over-brushing: Aggressive brushing can wear away enamel and increase the risk for gum recession.
*Grinding, clenching, and an uneven bite: All can put excessive force on the teeth and jaws, causing gums to recede.
*Tobacco use: Smokers are more likely to have plaque and tartar buildup which can cause gum recession.
*Mouth piercings: Jewelry can rub the gum and wear away gum tissue.
Don’t ignore receding gums. The resulting exposure of tooth crowns and roots opens the door to root cavities, eroded tooth structure, and ligament destruction…leading to devastating tooth loss.
Call us if you have any concerns. We can treat and repair receding gums and help prevent further damage to your beautiful smile!