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Gum Recession Factors

A receding gum line can be the cause of many different factors. Anything from periodontitis to pregnancy can cause irritation and recession. Before receiving treatment from Dr. Andrea Joy Smith, patients suffering from receding gums in Sacramento, CA , will need to schedule a consultation to help us identify the cause and develop an effective solution.

Steps To Prevent Recession

Steps suggested to prevent gum recession include:

  • Seeing your doctor for regular cleanings and checkups
  • Not smoking or using other tobacco products
  • Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet
  • Using the proper brushing techniques with a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush
  • Seeing your doctor to correct a misaligned bite or teeth grinding problems

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Moderate to severe periodontitis can significantly destroy the gum and bone tissue and eventually lead to recession. In order to treat this, Dr. Andrea Joy Smith will first need to eliminate the infected tissue before restoring the gum line. This can be done with a procedure for pocket depth reduction, possibly followed by a soft tissue graft, depending on the severity of the condition.


Most women will experience huge fluctuations in their hormone levels during pregnancy. As a result, the chances of developing an infection such as periodontitis is higher than normal. This is why it is important to visit Dr. Andrea Joy Smith at regular intervals as part of your prenatal care.

Improper brushing

Infrequent brushing and flossing can lead to high levels of bacteria in the mouth which increase the chances of periodontitis. However, brushing too hard can also damage the gum tissue and contribute to recession. Brushing at least twice a day with a soft bristled or electric toothbrush is a good way to avoid damaging gum tissue.


Some patients are simply more likely to develop periodontitis than others. No matter how well you care for your oral hygiene, gum recession may be an inevitable result of genetics. However, visiting Dr. Andrea Joy Smith at recommended intervals can help keep it under control.


Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night puts an abnormal amount of pressure on the teeth and gums which can lead to problems such as gum recession. While many patients grow out of this behavior, Dr. Andrea Joy Smith may need to prescribe a protective nightguard in some cases.

Identifying and treating the underlying causes of gum recession is important in order to keep this condition from progressing. To learn more about the causes and treatments of receding gums in Sacramento, CA , contact Dr. Andrea Joy Smith and schedule your consultation today!

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Dr. Andrea Joy Smith

4301 El Camino Ave

Sacramento, CA 95821

Office Hours

Monday: 7am-3pm

Tuesday: 7am-4pm

Wednesday: 7am-2pm

Thursday: 7am-2pm

Friday: 7am-4pm