Causes of Receding Gums

When gum tissue recesses and moves to a lower position on the teeth, this is called gingival or gum recession. It exposes the roots of the teeth and may be caused by the following:

  • Genetics
  • Extremely aggressive flossing and brushing
  • Abnormal tooth positioning – if the teeth are not aligned properly, gum recession is likely to occur
  • Bruxism, or the grinding of the teeth
  • Gum tissue trauma due to an injury occurring on the teeth
  • Poor oral health – recession of gums may result from periodontitis

Mild gum recession can be fixed by a dentist, and catching it early on means that a person can lessen their chances of needing more intensive treatment later on. A periodontist, however, will need to do a surgical procedure called gum grafting if the gum recession reaches severe levels.

If you are concerned about gum recession or any other aspect of your oral health, Leander dentist Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. would love to help. Call our offices today at (512) 259-3365 to set up an appointment and learn more about what our dental team can do for you.