If you have gum disease
, the gum tissue around the teeth can start to recede and your teeth could begin to become more sensitive. An appointment with Dr. Scott Ross
and Dr. Bradley Ross
can determine if you have this condition. Receding gums are one of the signs of gum disease and can also be a warning sign that there are some underlying mechanical and functional problems. Once the gums have receded, they cannot be restored without some type of therapy or treatment. You could end up losing your teeth if you are not treated for gum recession and gum disease!
Some of the signs of receding gums include gaps forming between the teeth, extreme tooth sensitivity, and teeth that appear larger than normal. In some cases, you might feel a small notch or dent around the gum line. If you notice any of these signs of gum recession, set up an oral evaluation as soon as possible.
Causes of Gum Recession
Some of the key causes of receding gums
• Gum Disease – This is an active infection in the mouth that can destroy gum tissue and bone.
• Genes - Some people are predisposed to developing gum disease and therefore gum recession.
• Tooth Brushing Routine - Brushing too hard or using the wrong technique can wear down the tissues and make the gums recede.
• Poor Dental Hygiene - If you do not brush or floss your teeth regularly, you are setting the stage for gum disease.
• Hormonal Changes - Changing hormone levels can affect the gums by increasing the risk of gum infections and gum recession.
• Tobacco Use - Smoking and chewing tobacco products can cause excessive plaque and tartar formation and can lead to gum recession.
• Grinding and Clenching Habits - Too much pressure on the teeth can make the teeth shift and contribute to gum recession over time.
• Misaligned Bite – Excessive pressure on certain parts of the mouth can cause receding gums.
• Body Jewelry - Tongue and lip piercings can irritate the gums and wear them down.
Learn more about treatment options for gum disease treatment and receding gums in Miami, FL
. Schedule your consultation
with Dr. Scott Ross and Dr. Bradley Ross today!