Gum Recession Causes

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Gum Recession Causes:

Gum recession has a variety of causes and is often a result of a combination of factors. Some of these factors include: 

  • Periodontal Disease
  • Genetics
  • Brushing Technique
  • Poor Dental Hygiene
  • Hormones
  • Tobacco Product Use
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Crooked or Misaligned Teeth

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Bruxism in Mount Vernon, WI can cause gum recession

Receding Gums Are Not Just a Cosmetic Issue 

Many patients ignore their gum recession problems, assuming that the condition is simply cosmetic. However, receding gums are a telltale sign that there is a problem in your mouth. Without addressing the underlying problem, the gum tissue is more likely to continue to wear away, exposing root surfaces and increasing their risk of decay and structural damage.

By visiting Dr. Angela Cotey, you can determine the underlying reason for your gum recession. Dr. Cotey works with patients to uncover their receding gums causes. Please contact our office today for an initial appointment where she will examine your mouth and discuss techniques to permanently address your gum recession, gum disease, and other concerning dental issues.


The Most Common Reasons Gums Recede

Gums can start to recede for a wide variety of reasons, including those listed below. It should be noted that individuals with gum recession may have more than one of the following receding gums causes:

  • Unaddressed gum disease. When gum disease is allowed to continue untreated, the gum tissues and supporting bone will be affected. By taking care of gum disease early on, the mouth can begin to heal.
  • Teeth clenching or teeth grinding habits. Habitually clenching or grinding the teeth places extreme stress on the teeth, gums, muscle attachments, and jaw joints. Gum recession is often a result of these habits.
  • Improper tooth brushing techniques. It is not unusual for patients of Dr. Cotey to discover that the way they are brushing is too aggressive. This sometimes leads to irritation of the gums and eventual gum recession.
  • Hormonal imbalances. Women who are pregnant or those in menopause may be more likely to experience gum recession because of hormonal fluctuations.
  • Genetics. Those whose family members have gum disease and therefore receding gums are statistically more likely to experience gum recession than those without a genetic predisposition.

Fortunately, Dr. Cotey has the expertise to address the underlying causes of receding gums using the most advanced methodologies near Madison, WI, such as the minimally invasive Pinhole Surgical Technique™. To make an appointment, please contact our office today.

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