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Causes Of Receding Gums
Receding gums, also known as gingival recession, is the loss of gum volume due most commonly to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Other causes of gum recession include inherited genes, aggressive tooth brushing, tobacco and other drug use, as well as vitamin ...Read more
Bactrial infection: If the bacteria is not removed regularly it can penetrate under the gums and cause deep pockets, the bacteria will attack the bone and will cause bone infection and the gums loose their support, as the pockets get deeper, the infection can cause recession and swelling of the gums as well. It is important to have a good oral hugiene and pregular dental visits for gum and teeth maintenance. ...Read more
Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease causes the gums to recede, and smokers have a higher incidence of periodontitis. Inhaled toxins, irritating hot smoke, decreased salivary flow resulting in dry mouth and an increase of calculus, delayed healing, and constricted blood vessels all are factors. ...Read more
Contributory: Acid reflux has many side effects which can cause damage to normal structures. Mucosal tissue can be eroded by excessive acid. Ordinarily thicker tissue surrounds the teeth, however, if there is only mucosal tissue around the teeth, this tissue can also be effected adversely. I usually see eroded teeth as the main dental concern, but recession can be worsened with acid reflux. See a dentist soon! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes gums to recede? I think i might be brushing too hard, which is causing my gums to recede. Is there anything else that causes this?
The : The most common cause for bleeding gums is inflammation due to plaque. Your description of receding gums may be due to too aggressive or improper brushing technique or due to gum disease. Either way this is a situation that needs to be address before more damage is done. See your general dentist for an evaluation, recommendations and if necessary treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does smoking cause the gums to recede or is it chewing tobacco? I was gueing that chewing cause the gums to deteriorate but some say its smoking. Can I have some opinions?
Tobacco, : Tobacco, in any form, is harmful to your oral and general health. Not only is tobacco one of the major risk factors in the development and progression of gum disease by recession and bone loss and hence tooth loss, it is also associated with oral cancer. Consider quitting stat! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not likely: But used incorrectly, it can push debris into the sulcus around your tooth instead of dislodging it. The food and bacteria can irritate the gum, which can then cause the recession. Brushing too hard with a hard bristle toothbrush can also cause the gums and bone to recede. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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