Why are my gums receding?

June 29, 2019 by Dr Rana Al Falaki

gum disease

 

Receding gums can lead to tooth decay, infection or tooth loss. This is because when gums recede, it draws back from your teeth and exposes the sensitive roots.

There are several reasons why your gums might be receding. There are some things you can do to control it but other factors are out of your control.

 

Biology

Your gums, like the rest of your body, can be worn down over time simply by the ageing process. Even if it never recedes to a level that may cause you concern, the likelihood is that it is still gradually receding.

Likewise, you can’t do anything to change your genetics. It may be that you are more susceptible to receding gums because your parents are too.

 

Brushing or flossing too hard

It is important to brush and floss regularly to ensure good oral health but doing it too vigorously can have a negative effect by wearing away the enamel which causes gums to recede.

It is important to brush, rather than scrub your teeth. If you brush your teeth in a way that causes you any discomfort, it may be a sign that you are brushing too hard. See periodisease.

 

Poor oral health

Like most problems regarding teeth and gums, poor oral health is a major factor which can dramatically increase the rate at which your gums recede.

Not brushing enough or brushing thoroughly enough can lead to a build-up of plaque and bacteria. If this isn’t dealt with, you may develop gum disease which will speed up the process of gum recession.

If you already suffer from gum disease, we can provide treatment to cure it and reduce gum recession as a result.

Smoking can also increase the rate of gum recession.

 

Your teeth

Even if you keep your teeth in good health, there are still issues with your teeth that can lead to your gums receding at a quicker rate. If you have suffered an injury that affected a single tooth or a number of teeth, this could be a cause of gum recession.

Crooked teeth can cause a misaligned bite which often puts a lot of pressure on your bone and gums when you bite down, the added force it creates is likely to make your gums recede.

The same effect is created when you grind or clench your teeth which places too much force on your gums.

 

At Al-Faperio We can replace any failing teeth, such as crooked teeth, with dental implants which can straighten your bite ensuring you don’t apply too much force to your gums. It has the added benefit of offering better protection against bacterial infection that could cause gums to recede. See why use Al Faperio.


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