I Think My Gums Are Receding

A receding gum line happens when the gum tissue pulls away from a tooth or teeth. This happens for a number of reasons, such as genetics, a lack of oral hygiene, or trauma.

A receding gum line may be a sign of gum disease. If caught early, the condition can be reversed.

Gum Recession Causes

Ill-fitting crowns

In some cases, dental crowns fit poorly and can contribute to gum recession. 

Tooth grinding

Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause the gums to recede. Because the habit puts additional pressure on the teeth, the roots become exposed, and the teeth become more vulnerable to damage.


Your genetics play a large role in how your body responds to infection and injury. Before periodontal disease or gum recession occurs, you may have a genetic predisposition to thin gums. If your parents or grandparents have gum recession, you may be more likely to experience it as well.

Aggressive brushing

Brushing too hard can cause your gums to recede. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Consider an electric toothbrush, as they tend to be easier on your gums than manual toothbrushes.


Clenching is a habit that can cause gum recession. When you clench your teeth, it puts a lot of pressure on your teeth, which naturally leads to the wearing down of enamel. When you wear down your enamel, your teeth become thinner. This makes them more vulnerable to damage and decay.


Gum recession, or loss of gum tissue, can be caused by smoking. The habit of sucking on a cigarette can place constant pressure on the teeth and gums. Over time, this pressure can cause the gums to wear away, leaving more of the tooth exposed.

Inadequate oral hygiene

Gum recession occurs when patients don’t brush and floss their teeth properly. Their oral health suffers, and plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth and gums. Bacteria cause gums to recede and expose the roots of the teeth. Gum recession is irreversible, so patients need to take steps to prevent further damage.

Periodontal disease

Gum recession is often caused by gum disease. When periodontal disease is present, the gums are inflamed and will begin to recede in order to protect the sensitive tooth roots. It’s also possible for bone and tissue loss to occur as a result of the disease.

If gum disease is left untreated, the teeth can begin to shift out of place and will eventually be lost. Gum disease is preventable with regular dental visits.

Thinning jawbones

Gum recession can occur when the jawbone has thinned. When gums recede, the roots of the teeth become exposed. This makes them vulnerable to tooth decay.

Preventing Gum Recession

Our team is very familiar with gum disease progression. We are happy to give you recommendations and tips to keep your gums healthy. Here are a few final tips:

1. Use a soft bristle toothbrush.

Hard bristle brushes can damage your gum tissue.

2. Floss daily.

Flossing removes plaque from between your teeth and under your gums.

3. Use an antibacterial mouth rinse.

A mouth rinse with fluoride can help you maintain healthier gums.

To learn about our dental procedures, call Desert Mountain Dental at (520) 324-0100 and schedule an appointment or visit our Tucson dental office.


3673 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719

Phone: (520) 324-0100

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Tuesday : 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Email: desertmountaindental@gmail.com

Phone: (520) 324-0100