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Top 3 Causes of Gum Recession

Posted on 5/22/2023 by Evan
Top 3 Causes of Gum RecessionGum recession is when your gums shift position and tend to pull back from the teeth. This condition leads to the exposure of the tooth's roots. You will note that your teeth appear longer and are quite sensitive since the roots are not protected. The condition can make your teeth susceptible to decay and even gum disease. Bacterial and food particles can accumulate on exposed surfaces leading to infections. Here are the 3 top causes of gum recession you should know about:

Poor Oral Hygiene

If you don't brush your teeth and floss them, bacteria will accumulate on the tooth and gum surfaces. The infection slowly spreads and eats away the gum tissues forcing them to wear out and pull away from the teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. You can also use an antibacterial mouthwash to kill bacteria present in your mouth.

Periodontal Disease

Advanced gum disease is another cause of gum recession. It starts with the inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding structures. If the disease is not treated on time, the gums begin to recede, and the tooth's root is left unprotected.

Aggressive Brushing

When brushing your teeth, ensure you are gentle. If you use a brush with hard bristles, it will damage your delicate gums. When selecting the best toothbrush, be keen to go for the ones with soft bristles. Also, brush gently using circular motions to remove dirt and food debris on the teeth and gums.

Gum recession is a condition that leaves the roots of your teeth exposed. Patients with this condition will complain of bleeding, tooth sensitivity, and pain when chewing food. Visiting the dentist is ideal, they will detect signs of gum disease early enough. The dental expert can recommend either surgical or non-surgical treatment methods for this condition.

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