Understanding Gum Recessions: Causes and Solutions

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August 25, 2023

Welcome, my dear friends. Today's discussion revolves around a prevalent dental concern that many face: gum recessions. In this insightful article, we will explore the reasons for gum recessions and the solutions available to prevent and treat them. With over 30 years of expertise in Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental Implantology right here on Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Florida, I am Dr. Dmitry Gorbatov, ready to guide you through this critical aspect of dental health.

Gum Recession: An Overview

Gum recession is a familiar issue that prompts a series of common questions: "Why is there gum recession?" and "What's the solution? How can it be prevented or treated?" Let's delve into this subject to unravel the answers.

Overpressure While Brushing

One of the most frequent causes of gum recession is overpressure during brushing. The excessive force applied during morning and evening routines, and sometimes even after each meal, may make the teeth feel cleaner. However, for the gums, this can be traumatic, particularly if one is using aggressive mechanical brushes or hard-bristled manual ones. This excessive brushing can lead to gum inflammation, and subsequently, gum recession.

Old Restorations

Another contributory factor is the aging of dental restorations. Crowns like PFM crowns, which consist of a metal frame and ceramic, or bridge work, might deteriorate over a decade. As this happens, bacteria can infiltrate, triggering gum inflammation and recession. So, if you notice black lines around your restoration or any signs of gum recession, it might be an indication to replace the old restorations.

Shape and Fit of Restorations

The design of restorations, such as crowns or ceramic veneers, can also affect gum health. Flat front restorations may cause food to impact against them, leading to trauma. Natural teeth possess a unique anatomy, and if restorations are not shaped properly, they can contribute to gum recession. This is particularly true when consuming hard foods like carrots, crackers, or nuts.

Furthermore, ill-fitting restorations like dentures, partials, or even some splints can create similar problems. They may press against the gums or touch them directly, initiating trauma and recession.

Youth and Gum Recession

For younger individuals, improper cleaning might lead to gum recession. Hard plaque can induce severe inflammation, and orthodontic treatments like braces may worsen this issue. Braces often make cleaning challenging due to food accumulation. If you have braces, ensure that you are cleaning adequately to evade gum problems post-treatment.


Gum recession is not just a cosmetic issue; it's a sign of underlying health problems that need immediate attention. If you notice any signs of gum recession or if you have any questions about proper oral care, please schedule an appointment with our world-renowned dental office. Our prime oceanfront location in Hollywood, neighboring Hallandale Beach and Sunny Isles Beach, ensures that you'll receive upscale, global-class cosmetic dental services.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to us for expert guidance and personalized solutions that align with your dental well-being. Thank you very much for your attention, and have a wonderful day!

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