Gum Recession: Why Is This Happening?

Are you a patient dealing with gum recession and wondering why it’s happening to you? Perhaps you noticed that this issue runs in your family (genetics can play a role in its likelihood of happening to you) and you’re curious about why it occurs and if you can avoid it. Fortunately, keeping your gum health in lovely condition does not require too much. However, there are some easy-to-overlook issues that can negatively impact your gingival health even though you think you’re practicing effective dental hygiene. Let’s cover the obvious and not-so-obvious, so your gums stay nice and healthy.

You Might Be Brushing Too Hard (Or Too Often)

Of course, assuming you should brush extra hard (and do so as often as possible) follows rational thought. Unfortunately, even though the idea sounds right, it’s quite dangerous for your oral health. Forceful, vigorous, aggressive, hard brushing (whatever you want to call it) will lead to gum recession. Light, gentle, delicate yet thorough brushing will not. You may brush more frequently than twice a day but only if you’re following the brush-gently guideline!

You Might Have Gum Disease

You might not know that you have gum disease but you still might have it. If you do, it will lead to gum recession. Here’s what you need to know: Even if you miss just one day of dental hygiene (brushing and flossing) or if you’ve missed cleanings with us, plaque will turn into tartar. Plaque is sticky yet removable with home hygiene. Tartar is only removable with professional techniques. This will cause inflamed gum tissue that will recede. Keep up with prevention and you don’t need to worry about it!

Bruxism May Be At Fault

Suffering from grinding or clenching? This can lead to gum recession, too! Come in for your dental checkup and we will address both.