Gum Recession Causes

Gum Recession Causes:

Gum recession has a variety of causes and is often a result of a combination of factors. Some of these factors include: 

  • Periodontal Disease
  • Genetics
  • Brushing Technique
  • Poor Dental Hygiene
  • Hormones
  • Tobacco Product Use
  • Bruxism
  • Crooked or Misaligned Teeth
  • Oral piercings
  • Orthodontics

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Treating the Causes of Receding Gums in Valencia, CA

Gum recession is a condition that affects many patients and is characterized by tissues that pull back, exposing the root portions of the teeth. By knowing the causes of receding gums in Valencia, CA, patients of Dr. David Goldberg can potentially avoid this problem and prevent the need for gum surgery. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Poor hygiene
  • Gum disease
  • Bruxism
  • Oral piercings

Poor Hygiene

Failing to thoroughly brush and floss every day is likely to result in the buildup of plaque and bacteria. Over time, this accumulation often leads to gum disease which can deteriorate gum tissue and bone support. However, brushing improperly can also have negative effects on gum health. Overly aggressive tooth brushing can wear away gum tissue and cause gum recession just as easily as neglect. Brushing twice a day with a soft bristled or electric toothbrush at two minute intervals and flossing daily is recommended.

Gum Disease

Moderate to severe gum disease is one of the most common causes of a receding gum line. This is because bacteria that collect in the mouth cause destruction of the gum and bone tissues which results in recession. Treating gum disease during the early stages of gingivitis can help to prevent recession and reverse any damage that has occurred.


Habitual nighttime teeth grinding can cause gum recession over extended periods of time. This is because large amounts of pressure are placed on the teeth, gums, and muscle attachments which can lead to excessive signs of wear. If bruxism does not correct itself, Dr. Goldberg may recommend that you wear a protective nightguard during sleep to protect your oral structures.

Oral Piercings

Jewelry worn in the lips, tongue, or cheeks frequently comes into contact with gum tissues. It is this constant rubbing that often results in localized gum recession. Avoiding oral jewelry or removing it before recession occurs is ideal.

Understanding the common causes of receding gum tissues can go a long way in the prevention of this condition. To learn more about the causes of gum recession in Valencia, CA, contact Dr. Goldberg and schedule your consultation today!