What causes gum recession in San Antonio, TX area patients?

When your gums recede, the roots of your teeth are exposed. While this may not seem like a big concern, it can be. Exposed roots can increase a patient’s risk for various issues such as sensitivity, tooth loss, decay, or periodontal disease. Because gum recession occurs gradually in the earlier stages, it can be difficult for patients to know that the condition has started. That is one of many reasons why routine dental visits are critical to good oral health and wellness. Dr. Philip Miner of San Antonio, TX, is a quality dentist who can diagnose and treat gum recession while also educating patients on avoiding its development.

What causes gum recession?

There are several reasons why gum recession may occur. Gum recession can happen due to:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Overaggressive brushing
  • Use of the wrong toothbrush
  • The development of periodontal disease
  • The use of tobacco products (chewing tobacco, vaping, or smoking)

How to prevent gum recession

There are several different ways patients can take steps to prevent gum recession or keep it from becoming worse. Below are just a few recommendations from Dr. Philip Miner and his team:

  • Brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Stop using tobacco products, such as cigarettes and chewing tobacco
  • Get treatment if you clench and grind your teeth
  • Consider orthodontic treatment if your dental arches are misaligned
  • Avoid mouth piercings, including those on the tongue or lips
  • Practice preventive care with brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits
  • Take care of the smile to avoid the development of periodontal disease

Speaking with our dental team is a great way to find out more ways to protect the smile from unwanted gum recession.

Are you interested in the treatment or prevention of gum recession?

Dr. Miner can help you identify the signs of gum recession and provide you with an effective treatment plan. Contact Miner Dental today at (210) 934-5265 for more information and schedule an appointment with Dr. Philip Miner. The office is located at 1100 NW Loop 410, Suite #825, and accepts new patients in and around San Antonio, TX.