Gums that are more pronounced and visible are a strong indicator of periodontitis, a disease that infects the tissue and can spread throughout the entire mouth if not treated early. Though an infection is likely the culprit, many things can cause a person’s gums to recede. For instance, an offset bite can also be the source of the problem.

Regardless of what the issue is, visiting an Atlanta dentist and having them perform a complete examination is highly recommended. They will be able to diagnose the cause and take the proper measures to get your gums back to their normal, healthy state.

Common Causes of a Receding Gum Line

  • Disease – Every time you eat or drink, you are exposing your mouth to millions of microscopic bacteria. The majority of them are harmless and are killed by our saliva (the natural substance secreted in the mouth that helps break down food particles), but others will develop into plaque if not cleaned away. The importance of oral hygiene cannot be overstated; you should make it a habit to brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash daily, as this is the best way to prevent infections like periodontal disease from occurring. This is almost always the case in situations where gum recession is severe.
  • Malocclusion– Many people suffer from upper and lower jaws that to do not connect properly. This misalignment (which can typically be corrected with Atlanta Invisalign braces) puts undue stress on the jawbone and underlying tissue, thus making the gums recede. Everything from a crooked tooth to an incorrectly placed filling can lead to a malocclusion.
  • Brushing too hard – It does not take a lot of pressure to clean your teeth, which is why choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles and brushing in a gentle fashion is advised. Excessive force can erode the enamel, which will ultimately cause problems with the gum line.

Talk to one of our Atlanta cosmetic dentists if you notice signs of gum recession. Teeth grinding, clenching and smoking can also aggravate this condition, so be honest about your lifestyle when consulting with us.