There are many potential causes of receding gums, but one of the more common is crooked teeth. Many people think crooked teeth is just a cosmetic issue, but it can actually have a significant impact on the health of your teeth, including your gums.
Crooked Teeth Aren’t Covered Well by Your Gums
One of the most important ways that crooked teeth can lead to receding gums is that they are just not as well covered by your gums in the first place. When crowding or tilting of teeth pushes some teeth out of the normal arch of teeth, the even distribution of gums over the teeth gets disrupted. This means that some teeth may not be as well covered by your gums, or even by your bone. As a result, these teeth are vulnerable to receding gums.
Crooked Teeth Can Be Subject to Extreme Forces
Your teeth should evenly distribute the force of biting and chewing across themselves. but when teeth are crooked, that may not happen. Instead, some teeth may be bearing a disproportionate amount of the burden. These teeth can be forced to flex at the neck, right where healthy gums should attach, which can disrupt the attachment of gums, making them more likely to recede.
Crooked Teeth and Hygiene
Crooked teeth can be harder to clean. As a result, your crooked teeth may be more likely to develop tartar–hardened plaque that can interfere with gum attachment–and gum disease–the leading cause of receding gums.
Sometimes, though, people who are aware of the risk of poorly cleaned crooked teeth might have the opposite problem. You might be working extra hard to clean these teeth, and your aggressive toothbrushing and flossing in the area may damage gums and result in gum recession.
If receding gums are being caused by crooked teeth, we might refer you first to a cosmetic dentist for treatment of your crooked teeth. Then we can use our nonsurgical gum treatment to restore your gums.
To learn more about the best ways to prevent or treat receding gums, please call in Beverly Hills or in Orange County.