Receding Gums Causes and Risk To Teeth Revealed By Dr. Alina Krivitsky

In a previous blog we talked about some of the harmful effects of gum disease. Now, let’s discuss some of the causes of gum recession, where the gums recede and pull back. The most effective treatment for gum disease is preventing it in the first place. At the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy, we boast the top periodontists in West Los Angeles who are dedicated to keeping your gums healthy!

The most common cause of gum recession is periodontal disease, or gum disease. But there are other, less well-known factors that can lead to a less than stellar smile.

Aggressive Brushing and Gum Recession

“Brushing too hard and fast can actually cause more harm than good, said Dr. Alina Krivitsky. “Your intentions may be good, but the result can be a gradual wearing down of the gum line. Rapid and straight brushing motion can also add to the recession. Circular, medium intensity brushing could be all you need to preserve a perfect gum line.”

Teeth Grinding

This nasty little habit can lead to a number of conditions and side effects, including increased tooth sensitivity, tooth wear, TMJ, headaches, and increased tooth mobility. The looser your teeth are, the more susceptible you are to the progression of gingival disease. The causes of teeth grinding or bruxism are many, and sometimes difficult to diagnose. Early detection is vital in getting proper treatment.


Bacterial plaque gets caught between the teeth and, over time, can cause gum disease. The average American spends far too little time brushing and flossing their teeth. Both brushing and flossing are absolutely necessary to remove stubborn bacterial plaque. Regular dental check-ups can also help prevent gum disease, because your dentist has specialized tools to deep clean hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth. Unsurprisingly, those who neglect to visit the dentist regularly are much more likely to have gum disease.

Gum Recession Diagnosis and Treatment

Early diagnosis and prevention is obviously the most effective and ideal course of treatment, but just because the condition isn’t caught early does not mean that hope is lost.

The CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy offers a wide range of treatments to combat the advanced effects of gum recession. The top periodontists in West Los Angeles, they have the expertise and cutting edge techniques to give you the perfect smile.

Schedule a Consultation at the CENTER Today

If you have any of these symptoms, or want to learn more about gum disease and gum recession, schedule an appointment today! The CENTER is dedicated to providing the best possible care. To learn more about our services, schedule a consultation with our periodontists Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky by calling 310-826-8242.