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What causes my gums to recede?

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

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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