All too often people ignore their gum health, but by doing so you could be leaving yourself open to large health problems with effects that are farther ranging than gum disease. If you allow gum disease to develop and worsen, you may experience tooth loss, bone infection, compromised immune system and even heart disease and stroke. If you have noticed that you have receding gums, then it is time to visit the dentist and do something about it.
What Causes Receding Gums?
It is important that you understand how receding gums occur and what may be causing your gums to recede away from the teeth. There are a number of possible reasons for receding gums, but the main one is gum disease that is caused by a build up of plaque and tartar. In most cases this plaque and tartar build up is caused by bacterial growth due to poor oral hygiene. This irritates the gum lining and leads to infection of the gums. Over time the gums start to recede from the teeth because they are diseased. Here are some of the other reasons that receding gums may occur.
- Genetics – some people are simply more susceptible to the condition than others
- Brushing your teeth too hard or using the wrong type of toothbrush for your teeth can lead to receding gums.
- Forgetting to floss can lead to receding gums since food debris can get stuck between the teeth and lead to plaque and tartar forming.
- Hormonal upheaval – this may cause sensitivity of the gums and make them more susceptible to gum disease. Times of upheaval typically include pregnancy, menopause and puberty
- Smoking leads to more bacterial growth and can cause receding gums.
- A misaligned bite or crooked teeth can increase the odds of developing gum disease and receding gums.
If you have receding gums, then you need to do something about it. If you leave the condition to gradually get worse and worse you could end up losing your teeth or experiencing serious infection. It is important that you visit a dentist at the first sign of gum disease and get the treatment that you need before more serious interventions are required.