Why Are My Gums Receding?

As we get older, we may notice that our gums appear to be receding.  Teeth may become more sensitive, develop decay, or even feel a bit loose or less sturdy.  Receding gums gradually reveal more of the roots of our teeth, impacting the appearance of our smile and can lead to issues surrounding one’s self-confidence.

In order to prevent gum recession early, your dental team will want to determine the cause of the condition in the first place. There are several factors that can lead to receding gums.  Some of the more common causes of receding gums, include:

  • Gum disease
  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Injury to the gums
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Rigorous teeth brushing

Oftentimes, it may be more than one cause that needs addressing.  We always encourage paying attention to maintaining good oral hygiene habits, including a gentle yet thorough approach to brushing and flossing teeth. Should you require gum repair, with today’s technology there are minimally invasive alternatives to gum grafting surgery.

The first step in addressing any issue you may be having with your teeth or in your mouth, is to talk with your dentist.  Discover why this may be happening so we can help you determine the right preventative strategies as well as treatment options. Your dentists will review the latest technology and treatment options available in the ever-evolving world of dentistry.  Rest assured, you can receive treatment of your gum recession without pain and restore your confidence and gum health.

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Vacca Family Dentistry is located on Hull street, near Woodlake in Midlothian, Virginia. Our practice can be conveniently accessed from any area of Richmond, Henrico or Chesterfield with easy access from Route 288 and Hull street.