Gum Disease Affects Your Smile
The Gum Disease Danger
Common Causes of Gum Recession
• Poor Dental Hygiene Practices
• Tobacco Use
• Hormonal Shifts
• Crooked Teeth
• Bite Misalignment
• Tongue and Lip Piercings
• Teeth Grinding
• Position of Tooth Not in the Jaw Bone
More On Gum Disease
- Gum Recession
- Loose Teeth
- Bleeding Gums
- Bad Breath
- Stages of Gum Disease
- Dangers of Gum Disease
- Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
- Tooth and Bone Loss
- Dental Implants
- LANAP® Laser Treatment
- Cone Beam 3-D Imaging
- Digital X-rays
- Emergency Care
- Gum Grafting
- Intraoral Camera
- Occlusal Adjustment
- Perio Protect®
- Tooth Extraction
For New Patients
Receding gums can affect the quality of your smile and could be an indication of gum disease. In some cases, our doctors may also need to address mechanical or functional problems that could be causing gum recession. Once the gums recede, they do not grow back. This is why early detection is key to maintaining healthy gums. Tooth sensitivity and gaps forming between the teeth are some of the warning signs of gum disease or other oral health problems.
Gum Recession Causes
Some of the common causes of receding gums include:
- Periodontal Disease – This is a progressive bacterial infection that can destroy gum tissue and supporting bone structure.
- Genetics – If gum disease runs in the family, you may develop the same problem at some point in your life.
- How You Brush – If you are using too much pressure when brushing your teeth or are brushing with the wrong angle or type of toothbrush, you may damage your gums.
- Dental Hygiene Habits – When you neglect your oral health routine and plaque starts to build up, you increase your chances of developing gum disease.
- Hormonal Shifts – Changing hormone levels can affect the gum tissues, increasing the risk of gum disease and gum recession.
- Tobacco Product Use – Smoking cigarettes and cigars, or chewing tobacco, can increase plaque formation on the teeth which harbors the bacteria that cause gum disease.
- Bruxism – If you have the habit of grinding or clenching, your teeth can shift which in turn can lead to gum recession.
- Bite Misalignment – If your teeth do not come together evenly, you may end up putting significant pressure on certain parts of the mouth which can lead to receding gums.
- Tongue and Lip Piercings – Jewelry in the mouth can wear down the gum tissue, leading to recession.
Treatment options for receding gums in Berwyn, IL include soft tissue grafting (tissue may be used from other areas of the mouth), LANAP, tissue regeneration and pocket depth reduction. If you are seeking treatment for gum recession or think that you may need to be treated for gum disease in Berwyn, IL, set up your consultation with Dr. Walsh or Dr. Vittori as soon as possible.
Our highly skilled team has served Berwyn and Westmont for many years. Our patients visit our office from Oak Park, River Forest, Riverside, Cicero, Stickney, Chicago, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Oakbrook, Hinsdale, Downers Grove, Willowbrook, Clarendon Hills, Western Springs and Maywood as well as additional areas. We hope that we will be able to provide the same service and quality to you. Contact us at 708-749-4080 (Berwyn office) or 630-435-1955 (Westmont office) to schedule your periodontal exam.