When patients visit Dr. Victor R. Siegel for general dentistry services such as comprehensive oral exams and professional cleanings, they are often surprised to learn that they suffer from gum recession. In actuality, gum recession is a relatively common oral health problem that can affect even those who brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly. By acquainting his patients with the causes of gum recession, Rockville, MD cosmetic, restorative, and general dentist Victor R. Siegel hopes to help them prevent further instances of the problem.
As with most dental issues, prevention is the optimal solution when it comes to treating gum recession. We invite you to read about the following causes of gum recession and then contact the dental practice of Dr. Siegel today to schedule your initial appointment with our esteemed dentist.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Gum Recession?
The possible causes of gum recession range from those that are difficult to control to those that are well within the control of most people. Whatever the cause of a patient’s gum recession, Dr. Siegel can provide effective treatment for the condition.
The most common causes of gum recession include:
- Overaggressive brushing and flossing: Believe it or not, using too much force to brush and floss your teeth can cause severe damage to your teeth and gums. Gentle force will remove just as much plaque and bacteria as harsh force, and you will spare your gums from trauma. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association, and if brushing and flossing hurt, ease up. During your appointment, be sure to ask Dr. Siegel about proper brushing and flossing techniques - you might be surprised by what you don’t know!
- Chronic tooth grinding: Clinically known as bruxism, chronic tooth grinding can cause damage to your teeth and gums over time. Dr. Siegel can provide you with a custom night guard to wear as you sleep, which will minimize this damage.
- Genetic predisposition: Unfortunately, some people are just genetically predisposed to gum recession. If either or both of your parents suffer from gum recession, that may explain your issue.
- Malocclusion: Malocclusion, or a faulty bite, can cause wear and tear on the teeth and the gums. Orthodontic treatment can bring the teeth into proper alignment and spare the gums from further damage.
- Pregnancy: Many women experience a range of oral health issues, including gum recession, due to hormonal changes during pregnancy.
- Periodontal disease: Roughly 75 percent of American adults suffer from periodontal disease to some degree. Periodontitis, the most severe form of the disease, is marked by gum recession, among other symptoms.
- Poor oral health regimens: People who do not brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly - or at all - are likely to experience gum recession in addition to many other serious oral health problems.
Learn More about the Most Common Causes of Gum Recession
To learn more about the most common causes of gum recession, we invite you to contact our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice today.