If you’re healthy, your gums will stay close to your teeth. They’ll also remain at their current height for life. So if you have receding gums, you should take it as a warning sign that you may be experiencing health problems. Here are some of the more common conditions that may be linked to receding gums.
Of course, the most common health hazard linked to receding gums is gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease won’t just cause your teeth to fall out, it can infect your heart and lungs, impact your brain function, hijack your immune system, and increase your risk of cancer.
It’s important to take gum disease seriously to preserve your teeth and head off these other serious health risks.
Another common condition that’s linked to receding gums is stress. When you’re stressed, you may clench your teeth. Teeth clenching can distort and even fracture your teeth, as well as cause them to move and detach from your gums.
Receding gums are a sign that it’s time to start taking stress management seriously.
Your gums depend on many vitamins and minerals in your diet. If you’re not getting these nutrients, your gums will suffer.
Receding gums are most strongly linked with a vitamin C deficiency. That’s scurvy, and one of its early symptoms is receding gums. But your gums also depend on calcium, zinc, and vitamin A for health.
Our gums depend on saliva to help them stay healthy. Saliva not only contains nutrients that help sustain the gums, they help fight off oral bacteria. Receding gums may be trying to tell you that you need to drink more water.
Your gums may also be receding in response to a toxic environment. Toxins damage gum tissue and make it harder for them to heal. One of the most common toxic environments is the one created by smoking or oral tobacco use. These bring your gums into constant contact with many compounds that are acutely poisonous. Your gums experience them more directly than almost any part of your body, so it’s likely that they’ll show the signs first. (And probably sooner than you think.)
However, alcohol and some medications can also be toxic for your gums.
We Can Fix Receding Gums
When you’ve found and fixed the cause of your receding gums, you still have the effect. Receding gums don’t grow back, so you need help to restore your gums to their youthful, healthy position.