Causes of gum recession - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Gum Recession Causes

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Gum Recession Causes

Periodontal disease is the most common reason patients with receding gums seek treatment with Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley, but gum recession can also be the result of other issues.

  • Periodontal disease
  • Infrequent brushing and flossing or improper technique
  • Bruxism habits
  • Damaged teeth
  • Previous dental procedures, including traditional gum surgery and orthodontics
  • Tobacco use
  • Hormonal changes
  • Genetic predisposition to gum disease
  • Piercings and jewelry worn in the mouth

Periodontal Disease

Bacteria live and proliferate under the gum line, damaging bone and soft tissue, while causing recession and deterioration. Only professional periodontal disease treatment can prevent further damage. Without treatment, bacteria will continue to destroy the gums and bone, increasing your risk of tooth loss.

Oral Hygiene

The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to brush and floss daily, and maintain regular cleanings. However, it is also important to brush with the correct technique. Aggressive brushing or using medium and hard bristled toothbrushes can also harm the gums. A soft or electric toothbrush is highly recommended.


Bruxism is the term used to describe tooth grinding and clenching, which can be taxing on the gum line and frequently takes place during sleep. Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley can provide effective solutions to stop bruxism from further damaging the gums.

Damaged Teeth

Teeth that are crooked or damaged and in need of treatment can be stressful to soft tissue.

Genetic Predisposition

Some people are prone to developing periodontal disease, the leading cause of gum recession.

Hormonal Changes

Women who are pregnant or menopausal experience hormonal changes that can adversely affect oral health and increase the incidence of gum disease, and therefore gum recession.


Chewing or smoking tobacco is harmful to soft tissue and can increase the incidence of gum disease.


Jewelry in the mouth that makes regular contact with the gum line can be wearing and damaging over time.

Previous Dental Procedures

Traditional surgery for periodontal disease and certain orthodontic treatments can contribute to gum recession.

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