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6 Common Causes of Receding Gums

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6 Common Causes of Receding Gums

6 Common Causes of Receding Gums

Many of you have been told from childhood on up how vital it is to brush and practice good oral care correctly. The first line of defense against viruses and bacteria is your mouth. Saliva is what battles viral pathogens like HIV or the common cold as it contains antibodies and proteins called histatins. Your saliva is also able to fight off a naturally growing fungus called Candida albicans.

When you don’t take proper oral care precautions, the proteins in your saliva become weakened allowing a fungal infection to grow out of control. Several diseases can become severe in your mouth with the growth of fungus, along with receding gums. Other factors can result in your gums receding that should not occur if your mouth is healthy.

What are Receding Gums?

Receding gums are when a margin of your gum tissue that usually surrounds your teeth begins to pull away causing more of your tooth to show. The recession creates gaps or pockets to form between your teeth and the gum line. When this occurs, you risk disease-causing bacteria to build.

If not treated, the bone structure of your teeth and the supporting tissue can be seriously damaged. This damage could result in the loss of teeth. These are six causes that could lead to receding gums.

Aggressive Brushing

If you are not correctly brushing your teeth, are brushing the wrong way or brushing too hard, it causes the enamel on your teeth to wear away. When the enamel wears off, it can cause your gums to recede.

Periodontal Diseases

Bacteria in your gums can cause an infection that will destroy your gum tissue supporting the bone that holds your teeth in place. Gum disease is the number one cause for your gums to recede.

Improper Dental Care

If you are not performing adequate or proper oral care such as flossing, rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash, or brushing, you are allowing the plaque in your teeth to turn to calculus or tartar. Calculus or tartar is a hard substance that will build up between your teeth that can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. If not removed, it can cause receding gums.


Some people are more prone to develop receding gums than others due to their genes. Reports state about thirty percent of the population may develop this issue regardless of how well they take care of their teeth.

Grinding Your Teeth

If you apply to much pressure to your teeth by grinding them or clenching, it can cause your gums to recede.

Misaligned or Crooked Teeth

If your teeth do not come together properly, it may cause you to apply to much force on your bone and gums. This force can result in your gums receding.

Dr. Mahnaz Rashti is a 5-Star Beverly Hills Dentist. She received her DDS degree at the College of Dentistry at New York University.  From there she went on to practice hospital dentistry and completed her general practice at West Los Angeles Veteran Administration Hospital.

After completing a five-year residency, she opened her own Periodontal Dental Office in Beverly Hills. Dr. Rashti can correct your receding gums through a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure. Using specialized instruments, she will be able to gently loosen the tissue and move it over the receded area on your teeth. Patients of Dr. Rashti are surprised and pleased with the cosmetic improvement she has provided for their receding gum issues.

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