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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

Gum Recession Prevention

Some of the best ways to prevent gum recession include:

  • Using the Right Brushing Technique
  • Avoiding Clenching and Grinding the Teeth
  • Receiving Treatment for Misalignment of the Teeth
  • Breaking Bad Habits that Irritate the Gums
  • Wearing a Nightguard

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Gum Recession Causes

Knowing the Causes of Receding Gums in Phoenix, AZ

While gum recession can be damaging on its own, it is also a symptom of larger issues. Patients suffering from receding gums in Phoenix, AZ are encouraged to contact Dr. Alison P. Schwartz for diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. A receding gum line can often result due to issues which stem from:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Oral hygiene
  • Bruxism
  • Oral piercings

Periodontal Disease

This is perhaps the most common cause of gum recession and is characterized by loss of bone. When large amounts of bacteria collect on the teeth and gums, leading to this infection, the tissue becomes irritated and pulls away from the teeth.As a result, larger portions of the teeth, particularly the roots, become exposed. Seeking treatment during the early stages of periodontal disease can help reduce the risk of bone loss and recession, and preserve the health of your gums.

Oral Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is an important part of preserving gum health and reducing the chances of periodontal disease. Just as brushing infrequently can damage gum health, so can brushing too aggressively. Patients who brush too hard or with the wrong type of toothbrush can damage gum tissue and increase the chances of recession. Dr. Schwartz recommends brushing twice a day with a soft bristled or electric toothbrush for two minutes each time.


Grinding or clenching your teeth at night can place excessive amounts of pressure on certain parts of the mouth. As a result,the gum tissue in these areas may begin to recede and expose the tooth roots. Although bruxism occasionally corrects itself over time, some patients may require a protective nightguard to reduce the risk of damage.

Oral Piercings

Similar to periodontal disease, piercings in the lip or tongue can irritate the gum tissue and cause it to detach from the teeth. If you are experiencing gum recession as a result of oral jewelry, it may be best to remove these pieces from the mouth.
Gum recession is a condition that should be addressed early on to prevent extensive damage. For more information on receding gums in Phoenix, AZ, contact Dr. Schwartz and schedule your consultation today!

If you want to have a gorgeous smile and enjoy a lifetime of exquisite dental health, visit the practice of Alison P. Schwartz, DDS. Dr. Schwartz and her caring team who pride themselves on providing Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Paradise Valley Village the highest quality dental care.

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