Causes of Gum Recession

Understanding the Common Causes of Gum Recession

Eliminate tooth sensitivity and discomfort with gum recession treatment

Causes of Gum Recession

One of the most common causes of gum recession is periodontal disease. An active infection in the mouth can destroy healthy tissue and wear away the gums. Some people, however, develop receding gums because they are using the wrong tooth-brushing technique, are habitual tobacco users, or have misaligned teeth. Hormones, genetics, and poor dental hygiene practices can also increase the risk of gum recession.

Common Signs of Gum Recession

One of the first signs of receding gums is tooth sensitivity. If you notice that your teeth become sensitive when you eat and drink hot and cold items, you may have exposed roots that are causing discomfort. If you can feel a notch forming at the gum line with your tongue or your teeth look much larger than the others , you may have some degree of gum recession.

Keys to Preventing Gum Recession

Taking good care of your oral health by coming in for regular checkups and maintaining a consistent brushing and flossing routine can protect gum health and reduce the risk of gum recession. Making sure you are using the right tooth-brushing technique and refraining from grinding or clenching your teeth can also help prevent receding gums. Some patients benefit from wearing a night guard or correcting their misaligned teeth to reduce their risk of gum recession.


Restore Your Smile With Gum Recession Treatment

Gum-contouring procedures and the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) can restore the gum line and enhance your smile. Dr. Meghna Dassani may recommend the minimally invasive PST™ to improve the appearance of your gums without surgery. Gum recession treatment can reduce tooth sensitivity and the risk of many other oral health issues. You and Dr. Dassani can discuss treatment options during your consultation.

Learn more about the causes of gum recession and the available treatment options by scheduling your appointment with Dr. Dassani today! Proudly serving the Houston, Webster, Clear Lake, League City, and Friendswood communities.

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