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Gum recession is a dental issue that involves your gums moving away from the base of your teeth. When this happens, it exposes the tooth roots, makes the teeth look longer and even causes tooth sensitivity. This can affect the health, strength and appearance of your smile. Unfortunately, there are many things that could be causing your gum recession. Our dentist, Dr. Paul Agyekum, would like to tell you all about those causes so you can determine the reason why your gums have receded. Some causes of gum recession include:

-Physical wear of the gums: If you brush too hard (especially with a hard-bristled toothbrush), floss too hard, grind your teeth or suffer a traumatic injury to the teeth and gums, then it could cause gum recession. All of these things irritate and harm the gums, making them shrivel away to protect themselves.

-Inflammation of the gums: If you suffer from gum disease, which is a serious and dangerous dental problem, then your gums are inflamed. This makes the tissues recede from the base of the teeth. It’s very important to treat the disease as quickly as possible. If you suffer from the early stages, a professional dental cleaning might be the only treatment necessary.

-Genetics: Genetics could be the cause of your gum recession if gum recession runs in the family. If this is the case, there isn’t much you can do. But you can improve the health and appearance of your smile with gum grafts.

For more information and details about reasons for gum recession in Detroit, Michigan, or to schedule an appointment to treat your gum recession, please contact Ryan-Eight Mile Family Dentistry today. When you dial 313-891-1900, our dental team will be more than happy to help you!