Do You Have Receding Gums?

Gum recession is wide spread and causes much discomfort and sensitivity for those who have it. You may wonder: “What is gum recession?” “What causes it?” “Is it treatable?” These are common questions that your friends at North County Dental Specialties would like to answer.

What is Gum Recession?

Gum recession occurs when the gums recede or pull back from the tooth, making the tooth appear longer. Depending on the severity of recession, the tooth becomes more and more exposed, even to the point of tooth roots becoming exposed. As you can imagine, this can result in some serious tooth sensitivity. The gums on our teeth are a protective shield against bacteria. When bacteria collects in the gap forming between the receding gums and teeth, the tooth structure can become compromised, leading to tooth loss.

Causes of Gum Recession

How does gum recession begin? Periodontal Disease is the main cause. This oral disease occurs when bacteria become overabundant. Unfortunately, this bacteria can eat away at the gum tissue causing recession. Although Periodontal Disease can be genetic, it is often a result of poor hygiene. Additionally, when too much force is exerted on teeth, the gums can recede. Grinding or clenching teeth, brushing too aggressively, and overcrowding or crooked teeth can be causes of the above. Last but not least, Tobacco products increase chances of gum recession since they cause damaging plaque to form on the teeth.


What can you do if you have receding gums? OralB recommends, “a professional deep cleaning in the affected area. During the deep cleaning, plaque and tartar is removed and the exposed root area is smoothed over, making it more difficult for bacteria to attach itself.” If you have a more aggressive case of recession, gum surgery is another option.

North County Dental Specialties reminds you that prevention is key. Do not take your daily oral hygiene for granted and keep up your 6 month or 3 month dental cleaning visits. These are life savers! Give us a call to schedule (760) 233-5887