RECEDING GUMS - CAUSES
Gum receding occurs when the gum tissue is lifted up or away from the teeth so that the roots of the teeth are visible. These teeth are usually more sensitive to cold, hot, and sweet foods and drinks. They also require even more effective hygiene, as otherwise, tooth root caries can form.
RECEDING GUMS AND THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF GUM DISEASE
Overly aggressive brushing or flossing
It is right to take care of your oral care, but it is important to use the principle of moderation. It is enough to brush for about 2 minutes with a toothbrush that is marked “soft”. Flossing is recommended, but again you should be careful not to rub the floss too hard against the gums and damage them.
The characteristics of your gums are determined by your genetics, just like the rest of your body. If one of your parents has a problem with receding gums, then there is a higher risk that you will have it too.
Improperly erupted tooth
If your teeth are not aligned properly and do not fit together, this can cause gum receding.
Teeth grinding or bruxism
Some clench and grind their teeth only at night, others during the day. This habit can be the cause of many dental diseases, not just gum receding. It is therefore essential to inform your dentist. By grinding your teeth, this annoying habit can be reduced and even got rid of.
Fluctuations in female hormone levels during a woman’s life, such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can make the gums more sensitive to receding gums.
Periodontal disease is a common cause of gum recession. Periodontal disease causes chronic ulcers in the gums. As the disease progresses, there is an accumulation of microbes that destroy the connective tissue.
Risk factors for gingival retraction
Age is a key risk factor for receding gums. About 88% of people over 65 years of age develop receding gums.
People who smoke also face an increased risk of gum receding.
Diabetes can also increase the risk of gum receding.