Gum Recession New London, CT Westerly, RI

Published: 2016-06-07

CAUSES OF GUM RECESSION

Many patients are usually not concerned about gum recession because it does not always affect daily life. However, it can often result from a larger issue such as bruxism or periodontal disease. Dr. Gregory Toback and Dr. Marianne Urbanski are experts at treating receding gums and can help to identify the different gum recession causes in New London, CT, such as:

  • Tooth brushing
  • Periodontal disease
  • Misalignment of teeth
  • Bruxism
  • Lifestyle choices

TOOTH BRUSHING

Patients who brush their teeth too little or too aggressively both run the risk of damaging their gum tissue. Infrequent tooth brushing allows for plaque and bacteria to collect which can lead to irritation, gum disease, and eventually recession.

Over brushing can also be just as harmful. Overly aggressive brushing techniques or medium and hard bristled toothbrushes can damage the tissue and eventually lead to recession. Using a soft bristled or electric toothbrush at least twice a day at two minute intervals, along with daily flossing, can reduce plaque and bacteria while still keeping gum tissue healthy.

PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Periodontal infections may be the most common causes of gum recession. When the tissue becomes inflamed and detaches from the teeth, pockets form along the gum line. This allows bacteria to reach the deeper tissue levels and cause further irritation. Gum recession is a common side effect of moderate to severe periodontal disease.

MISALIGNMENT AND BRUXISM

Misalignment of the teeth affects the way your mouth distributes biting forces and can place uneven amounts of pressure on certain areas. Similarly, bruxism puts excessive pressure on teeth and gums which can lead to recession over time. This is why it is important to monitor changes in your mouth and correct any functional problems such as these.

LIFESTYLE CHOICES

Chronic use of tobacco products frequently leads to periodontal disease and gum recession. Whether you are chewing or smoking tobacco, it can contribute to plaque buildup on the teeth and gums and is not healthy for your oral or overall health.

Oral piercings can also cause irritation which leads to recession. These areas may become infected easily and cause additional problems. This is why it is best to avoid lip and tongue piercings.We can address your receding gums and offer solutions to repair the damage and prevent further progression of this condition. To learn more about the different gum recession causes in New London, CT, contact Drs. Toback and Urbanski today!

At Shoreline Periodontics, we strive to care for your oral health, overall well-being and appearance. Drs. Toback and Urbanski specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of gum disease; aesthetic periodontics; bone and gum regeneration; the most advanced periodontal procedures; and dental implants. We offer the finest care for our patients, utilizing cutting-edge techniques and the highest quality materials.

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