Receding gums, also called gingival recession, takes place when the gum tissue surrounding your teeth start to pull away from your teeth exposing the root or making your gum line appear uneven. You can see more of your tooth structure and this is where we get the expression “long in the tooth.” It is an unsightly problem that can occur so gradually that most people do not even notice until they start to experience the ill effects of this condition like periodontal disease. Dr. Danielle Wehle is a general dentist in San Jose, CA providing gum recession treatment to her patients.
Because gingival recession can happen so gradually most people do not realize how serious a condition it is. You might first start to notice sensitivity with hot and cold foods. Without the protective soft tissue surrounding your teeth, your roots are left exposed to external stimuli and harmful disease-causing bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease. You cannot always see or feel periodontal disease, but the disease, if left untreated, will lead to devastating tooth and bone loss.
What Causes Gum Recession?
- Periodontal disease
- Hormones- associated with pregnancy and menopause
- Over aggressive or improper brushing (and flossing) with hard-bristled toothbrush
- Stomach acid - associated with some eating disorders
- Oral piercings
- Poor oral hygiene
- Misaligned bite
- Bruxism - teeth grinding
- Use of tobacco products
It is vital that you seek treatment for periodontal disease and any signs of gingival recession. Once the soft tissue surrounding your teeth is lost it does not grow back. You will need the expertise of Dr. Wehle to restore your mouth to optimal oral health. If you would like to know more about the causes of receding gums in San Jose, CA, call Dr. Wehle’s office to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.