Tooth & Mouth Disorders

What causes my gums to recede?

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  • ADA - Why Do Gums Recede?

    Gum recession is a serious condition that needs supervising by a dental professional. Dr. Maria Lopez Howell explains how to prevent gum recession.

  • ARichard Price, MD, Dentist, answered
    Here are some things that can cause gum recession (when the gums shrink, or pull away from, the teeth):
    • periodontal (gum) diseases -- brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
    • trauma to gum tissues, such as a sports injury
    • prominent tooth roots or attachment muscles can cause gums to be pushed out of place
    • heredity -- some people are born with gums that are susceptible to gum disease
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