Causes of Gum Recession

There are several known causes of gum recession and any symptoms need to be addressed by Dr. Jody Vance in Springfield, MO as soon as they appear. Some of the common causes of gum recession include:

• Periodontal Disease
• Tooth Brushing Habits
• Hormonal Changes
• Dental Hygiene
• Lifestyle Habits
• Bite Misalignment
• Bruxism
• Jewelry Around the Mouth

Gum Disease & Your Smile

Preventing Gum Recession

There are several things you can do to prevent receding gums, including:

• Maintain regular checkups
• Refraining from tobacco use
• Eating a well-balanced diet
• Addressing periodontal disease symptoms as soon as they occur
• Using the right brushing techniques
• Correcting a misaligned bite

Symptoms of Gum Recession

Once the gum tissue has worn away, it does not grow back and can alter your gum line permanently. Many people feel very self-conscious about their smile because of gum recession and may experience other symptoms of periodontal disease such as tooth sensitivity or even loose teeth. If you are noticing any of these signs and symptoms, you must schedule an appointment with Dr. Vance as soon as possible.

Gum Recession Causes

Some of the most common causes of receding gums include:

• Periodontal disease – This is an active infection in the mouth that can destroy gum and bone tissue and eventually cause tooth loss.
• Genetics -Some people are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease than others.
• Tooth Brushing Habits - Using too much pressure when brushing can wear down the gums.
• Dental Hygiene - Plaque and bacterial buildup can set the stage for gum disease.
• Hormonal Changes - Fluctuating hormone levels can make the teeth more tender and prone to changes.
• Lifestyle Habits - Smoking or chewing tobacco products can increase your risk of gum disease and negatively affect your gums.
• Bruxism - Grinding and clenching the teeth puts pressure on certain areas and can wear down the gums.
• Bite Misalignment - A misaligned bite can also put stress on certain teeth and wear down the gums.
• Jewelry - Body jewelry in the mouth can irritate the gum tissue and wear it down over time.

Dr. Vance offers several gum recession treatment options, including: pocket depth reduction, tissue regeneration, soft tissue grafts, and the Pinhole Surgical Technique PST™.

You can help to prevent gum recession by sticking to your treatment plan schedule, refraining from tobacco use, eating a healthy diet, and using the right brushing technique. For more information about periodontal disease treatment options and gum recession prevention, schedule your appointment with Dr. Vance in Springfield, MO today!