Why Are My Gums Receding?

Gum recession can be concerning and uncomfortable, but understanding its causes and knowing how to address it is essential for maintaining optimal oral health. In this article, we'll explore the reasons behind gum recession, what receding gums look like, and how to prevent or treat this condition effectively.

Causes of Gum Recession

Several factors contribute to gum recession, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene – Inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to plaque buildup, which can irritate the gums and contribute to recession.
  • Aggressive brushing – Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with stiff bristles can damage the delicate gum tissue, leading to recession over time.
  • Genetics – Some individuals may be predisposed to gum recession due to genetic factors, such as thin or weak gum tissue.
  • Gum disease – Periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, can cause gum inflammation and eventual recession if left untreated.
  • Bruxism – Grinding or clenching the teeth can put excessive pressure on the gums, leading to recession over time.
  • Tobacco use – Smoking or chewing tobacco can affect gum health and increase the risk of gum recession.

What Receding Gums Look Like

Receding gums may present as:

  • Exposed tooth roots.
  • Longer-looking teeth.
  • Notching or grooves along the gumline.
  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages.
  • Spaces or gaps between the teeth.

Prevention and Treatment of Gum Recession

There are several ways to prevent and treat gum recession. These include:  

  • Practicing good oral hygiene – Brushing teeth gently twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing daily can help remove plaque and prevent gum disease.
  • Using a proper brushing technique – Avoid aggressive brushing and use gentle, circular motions to clean the teeth and gums effectively.
  • Regular dental check-ups – Routine dental visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and address any signs of gum recession or periodontal disease early on.
  • Addressing bruxism – If you grind or clench your teeth, talk to your dentist about wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums.
  • Quitting smoking – Tobacco use can impair gum health and hinder the body's ability to heal, so quitting smoking can help prevent further gum recession.
  • Gum grafting – In cases where gum recession is severe, gum grafting surgery may be necessary to cover exposed roots and protect the tooth structure.

Why Choose Perio Implant Health Professionals for Treatment of Receding Gums

Perio Implant Health Professionals specializes in gum graft surgery, a vital procedure for addressing gum recession. Located in Los Angeles, California, our expert periodontists are committed to restoring our patients' oral health and the beauty of their smiles.

With advanced techniques and technologies, we ensure the best outcomes for gum graft surgery, focusing on reversing the effects of gum recession and providing long-lasting solutions to periodontal disease.

At Perio Implant Health Professionals, our patient-centric approach begins with a thorough assessment of your gum health. We prioritize your comfort by administering local anesthesia during the procedure. Our periodontists meticulously select the appropriate grafting material, sourced from either your palate or a tissue bank, and carefully graft it to the target area. This meticulous process ensures optimal placement for successful integration and healing.

If you're experiencing gum recession and would like more information about gum graft surgery, contact Perio Implant Health Professionals today.