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What Causes Gum Recession?

gum recession treamentReceding gums are an extremely common oral problem – one that can be effectively improved with the right treatment. When your gums begin to recede, more of your tooth root is exposed, making it especially susceptible to decay, sensitivity and eventual loosening of the tooth. This is why Dr. Daniel Lauer emphasizes the importance of treating the recession when it causes concern. To help prevent the problem from becoming a severe issue, it can help to understand what has caused your gum recession. The most common factors that lead to receding gums include:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Trauma
  • Genetics causing you to have thinner gum tissue
  • Brushing your teeth too aggressively
  • Poor dental hygiene that causes tartar to build up
  • Grinding or clenching teeth, which causes excessive force
  • Crooked teeth or misalignment leading to abnormal wear

The exact cause will vary based on the individual, but Dr. Lauer will evaluate your condition to determine what may have influenced your recession. By doing so, he can help you find the most effective treatment method for a long-lasting solution.