Although gum recession is often the result of gum disease, there are several other factors that can contribute as well. By knowing the different causes of gum recession, patients of Dr. John Borello can effectively avoid these issues and prevent recession altogether. Some of the more common receding gums causes in Glen Ellyn, IL include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Gum disease
- Lifestyle factors
Poor Oral Hygiene
Proper oral hygiene is a vital part of preventing gum recession. Patients who do not brush and floss their teeth on a regular basis or thoroughly enough often have large amounts of plaque and bacteria in their mouths which can lead to gum disease. However, brushing too aggressively can also lead to recession just as well. Aggressive tooth brushing can slowly wear down the tissue and leave larger areas of the tooth exposed. Brushing twice a day with a soft bristled or electric toothbrush along with daily flossing is recommended.
Moderate to severe gum disease is the most common cause of gum recession. However, this only occurs during the moderate and severe stages of infection. Patients who receive treatment during the early stages of gingivitis can prevent gum recession and also reverse any damage that has occurred.
Bruxism – or chronic teeth grinding – places an unusual amount of pressure on certain areas of the mouth which can eventually lead to gum recession. In some cases, bruxism will correct itself over time. However, patients may require a protective nightguard to be worn while sleeping, since this is when bruxism often occurs.
Certain lifestyle factors, such as tobacco use and wearing oral jewelry, have been known to contribute to gum recession. Smoking tobacco is a secondary risk factor for gum disease, placing chewing tobacco near the gum tissues can directly cause recession, and constant friction from oral jewelry wears down the gum tissue. It is best to avoid these factors to prevent gum recession.
We can provide more information about preventing and treating the different receding gums causes in Glen Ellyn, IL during your visit. Contact Dr. Borello today!