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How Does Gum Disease Cause Your Gum Tissue to Recede?

Posted on 8/20/2018 by David Mugford
How Does Gum Disease Cause Your Gum Tissue to Recede?When you have gum disease that is not treated it can create other problems in the future. One of them is periodontitis, and advanced form of gingivitis where plaque grows and spreads below the gum line, causing gum inflammation that could lead to receding gums.

Gum Disease

Gingivitis is a disease where the gums get swollen, irritated and sensitive. They may bleed when you brush your teeth, or they may not. Periodontitis or periodontal disease happens when gingivitis is not treated in time.

Plaque that spreads and grows below the gum line is full of toxins and bacteria that irritate the gums. If left untreated, the gums can become inflamed and this can lead to bone loss, and eventually tooth loss as more bone gets destroyed by the bacteria.

Gum Recession

Also known as gingival recession, this disease happens when the tissue that normally covers the entire tooth starts to recede, leading to the exposure of the roots. Gum recession is usually caused by poor oral hygiene and gum disease, however, there are other reasons for gum recession.

•  Inflammation of the Gums - some people can be more susceptible to gum recession due to genetic factors. This can affect their teeth's position and thickness of the gums.
•  Physical Wear of the Gums - a common cause for this condition is using too much force when brushing your teeth, so remember to use a soft bristle brush and don't apply too much pressure.

According to some studies, lip piercings and misaligned teeth can also cause receding gums. If your genetic make up includes thin gum tissue, you may also be prone to gum inflammation and receding gums.

The best practice to prevent gum disease that can lead to receding gums is to practice good oral hygiene at home and keep your regular checkups.
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