Gum recession can have a few different causes and it is something that should be caught and prevented early because once the gums have receded they don’t grow back. Receding gums can cause sensitivity to hot and cold because of exposed roots, and can cause the effected tooth to become loose. It can also result in changes in the appearance of your smile because the teeth may look longer or have more spaces in between.
People often don’t realize their gums are receding until the late stages so it’s important to know the different factors that cause gum recession so that it can be prevented or caught early. The most common cause is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection in the gums. When a person has periodontal disease the bacteria causes the gums to pull away from the teeth and form pockets which results in recession.
People that floss, brush regularly and take care of their dental health don’t have to worry about gum recession then, right? Wrong. On the other end of the spectrum gum recession can be caused from brushing too hard. It’s common to think ‘the harder I brush the cleaner my teeth will be’ but in actuality it can really be damaging to your gums! Use a soft bristle toothbrush and gentle strokes to help prevent over brushing.
So, find your happy medium! While taking care of your oral health by brushing, flossing and regular check-ups, still be gentle on your gums when brushing.