The Cause of Gum Recession
The leading cause of gum recession is periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease. Periodontitis is an active infection of millions of disease causing bacteria in your mouth that, if left untreated, leads to devastating bone loss, tooth loss, and increases health risks like heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Dr. Jacqueline Subka is a periodontist in Thousand Oaks, CA offering comprehensive periodontal treatment to her patients.
Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue surrounding your teeth starts to pull away from the tooth surface, exposing the root structures. Without protective soft tissue, your teeth may become sensitive to hot and cold foods and also become far more susceptible to root surface damage and decay. Gingival recession can happen so gradually, most people do not realize they suffer from it until they start to experience the damage it is causing.