Your gums are an essential foundation for the health of your teeth. When you lose that support, your teeth are at risk.
Many factors can cause your gums to recede, such as:
- Vigorous brushing - Brushing your teeth too hard can damage delicate gum tissue
- Genetics - Some people are more prone to gum disease due to genetics
- Poor dental hygiene - Lack of regular brushing and flossing causes plaque buildup that can result in gum disease
- Grinding your teeth - Clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxism) can lead to gum recession
- Hormones - Changing hormones during pregnancy, puberty or menopause can affect the health of your gums
- A misaligned bite - Crooked teeth or an incorrect bite can lead to gum problems
The most significant cause of gum recession, however, is periodontal (gum) disease. This is an infection of the gums and bone that support your teeth that will eventually result in tooth loss if it's not effectively managed with periodontal maintenance.
Your best defense against gum disease is routine teeth cleanings and checkups with your Encinitas dentist every six months. During your examination, Dr. Godinez will screen you for gum disease so we can detect it and treat it as early as possible.