Gum recession can cause embarrassment and lack of self-confidence due to the aesthetic effect it can have on your smile. However, it’s not just the appearance of receding gums that should cause concern. In fact, gum recession may be the result of some concerning conditions or bad habits.
Common Causes of Gum Recession
Below are a few of the most common causes of gum recession and how they can be avoided:
Gum Disease – One of the most common symptoms of gum disease is receding gum tissue. If you begin to notice gum recession, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist to rule out gum disease.
Improper Oral Hygiene – If you aren’t correctly caring for your teeth, you face an increased risk of gum recession. Make sure you’re brushing at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. You should also be flossing at least once a day and visitng your dentist every six month for a dental cleaning and a checkup.
Tobacco Usage – Obviously, the use of tobacco products poses a serious risk to your overall health, but it can also have a negative impact on your oral health as well. Tobacco use will irritate the gum tissue, making it more likely that they’ll begin to recede.
Medical Conditions – There are a number of medical conditions that have been linked to gum recession. These conditions include gum disease, diabetes, menopause, and pregnancy. If you’re currently experiencing any of these issues, please let your general dentist know.
Here at Endodontic Specialists, we urge our patients to take their gum health seriously. Problems with the gums, including gum disease and periodontitis can often lead to much more serious health problems.
If you have a more serious problem with the health of your teeth and a your family dentist has referred you to a root canal specialist, make an appointment for your endodontic needs with Endodontic Specialists of Colorado P.C. You may visit one of our three locations in Colorado Springs North and Pueblo.