receding gums Tag

A common inquiry at the office with many of our patients is “What are receding gums?” Simply put, receding gums are a result of gum disease which cause your gum line to have a receding appearance. How are they caused Receding gums can because caused by a number of factors. Most commonly it is because of the bacteria that accumulates in your mouth from gum disease which starts to form plaque. A build-up of this plaque causes an inflammation of the gums which leads to an erosion of the gum tissue – resulting in a receding appearance. The build-up of bacteria can occur when there is improper or insufficient flossing and brushing. A secondary reason to receding gums is overaggressive brushing. Brushing too often or too harshly can wear away enamel at the gum line, leading to receding gums.