Gum recession is a common oral problem in adults. Unfortunately, due to the gradual occurrence of gum recession, many patients with gum disease are unaware that they have it. Receding gums can threaten your dental health by creating a gap between the teeth and gum line, making it easier for plaque and bacteria to buildup in these gaps. Because receding gums can also cause pain when brushing your teeth, it could also be more difficult to remove this plaque and bacteria. If a receding gum line goes untreated for too long, the bone structure of teeth can becomes damaged, and this could ultimately result in tooth loss. To maintain a healthy gum line, be sure to avoid these three common causes of receding gums.

Improper Brushing

Incorrectly brushing your teeth is the most common cause of gum recession. Brushing the teeth too infrequently can allow for the buildup of plaque and harmful bacteria, which can cause the gums to recede. In addition to a receding gum line, infrequent brushing can also lead to gingivitis and gum disease. Additionally, brushing the teeth too hard can also result in gum recession. Applying too much pressure while brushing or brushing with a hard toothbrush can damage the gums and make them recede from the teeth.

Misaligned Teeth

Crooked or misaligned teeth can create excessive force on the surrounding gums supporting the teeth. Fortunately, there are many treatments available for misaligned teeth. Dental braces are commonly used to realign teeth over time. Wide gaps in between teeth can be treated with dental bridges. In most cases, veneers can also be used to create an even tooth alignment for gums to support, reducing unwanted force on the gums and preventing gum recession.

Lip and Tongue Piercings

Many patients are surprised to find that lip and tongue piercings. In addition to many other health risks associated with oral piercings, they can also be a source of irritation for the gums. Because these piercings are constantly rubbing against the gums, gum tissue will break down and deteriorate. This encourages the gums to recede away from the teeth and could expose the root of each tooth, leaving it defenseless against harmful bacteria. If you have a lip or tongue piercing, you can reduce the damage done to your gums by removing piercings at night. Leaving piercings out while sleeping will give the gum some time to recover without being disturbed by a piercing.

In extreme cases of gum recession, it is recommended to see a professional. The dentists at Sugarland Dental Spa in the Houston, Texas Area are glad to help with receding gums or any other dental problem you may have. To schedule an appointment, please contact The Sugarland Dental Spa!