What Causes Receding Gums?

Gum disease is a common reason for receding gums. When gums recede, gum tissue pulls away from the teeth — and can even result in loose teeth.

Key takeaways:

  •  Clean your teeth with a soft toothbrush to avoid the build-up of plaque which can lead to gum disease.
  •  Don’t brush aggressively, as this can aggravate the condition.
  •  Changes in hormones during pregnancy can trigger gum disease.
  •  A misaligned bite can also lead to receding gums, so braces might help.

Gum disease usually starts with red, swollen gums which may bleed when brushed.

Talk to your dentist about ain, sensitivity or sore gums — as these are all signs of receding gums.