Gum recession is a very common dental problem. Most people do not know they have gum recession because it occurs gradually without any signs. The first sign of gum recession is usually tooth sensitivity, or you may notice a tooth looks longer than normal.
With regular dental check-ups, the dentist at Little Ferry Smiles, Dr. Sachar will look for the signs of receding gums and can recommend ways of preventing the problem becoming worse.
Why do gums recede?
There are a number of factors that can cause your gums to recede, including:
- Periodontal diseases: These are bacterial gum infections that destroy gum tissue and supporting bone that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease is the main cause of gum recession.
- Your genes. Some people may be more susceptible to gum disease. In fact, studies show that 30% of the population may be predisposed to gum disease, regardless of how well they care for their teeth.
- Aggressive tooth brushing: If you brush your teeth too hard or the wrong way, it can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear away and your gums to recede.
- Insufficient dental care: Inadequate brushing and flossing makes it easy for plaque to turn into a hard substance that can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. This can build up on and in between the teeth causing gum recession.
- Hormonal changes: Fluctuations in female hormone levels during a woman's lifetime, such as in puberty, pregnancy and menopause, can make gums more sensitive and more vulnerable to gum recession.
- Tobacco: Tobacco users are more likely to have sticky plaque on their teeth that is difficult to remove, which can cause gum recession.
- Grinding and clenching your teeth: Clenching or grinding your teeth can put too much force on the teeth, causing gums to recede.
- Diabetes: People with diabetes are around three times more likely to develop gum disease than those without diabetes.
- Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite: When teeth do not come together evenly, too much force can be placed on the gums and bone, allowing gums to recede.
Please call Little Ferry Smiles at (201) 342-8585 to make an appointment with Dr. Sachar for a regular dental check-up.