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What Causes Exposed Teeth Roots

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Palo Alto Oral Health
Dentist explaining an xray to a woman patient.Exposed teeth roots can occur naturally as a result of aging. Continuous hard use of toothbrushes leads to wear that can expose tooth roots in old age. However, teeth roots can also be exposed due to gum infections and other conditions, as outlined below.

Severe Gum Recession

Gum recession is one of the major causes of exposed tooth roots. This condition occurs when gum tissue diminishes, exposing the tooth roots. This can be due to inadequate brushing and flossing. Those who brush with excessive force may also suffer gum recession prematurely.

Gum Disease (Periodontitis)

Periodontitis is a bacterial infection that causes the deterioration of gum tissue. As the condition advances, the gums retract, revealing the roots of the teeth. Effective dental hygiene is key to preventing gum disease.

Misaligned Teeth

When your teeth are misaligned, they can create spaces along the gum line where plaque bacteria can build up easily. This can make your gums more likely to get infected.

Use of Dental Braces

Braces make it harder to brush your teeth properly. This can result in not following a good oral care routine, which can weaken your enamel, making the inner layers more vulnerable.

Rough Brushing

Putting too much pressure on your teeth and gums while brushing can wear away the enamel and swell your gums. Worn enamel and swollen gums can expose the roots.

Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

When you grind or clench your teeth, especially while sleeping, it can create too much force on your teeth and gums. This pressure can cause the gums to recede, exposing the roots of the teeth. If you find yourself clenching your teeth, it is important to visit our dentist for a proper solution.

Excessive Smoking

Using tobacco increases your chances of suffering from exposed tooth roots. This is because it harms your teeth and can cause decay or tartar buildup, which are the main causes of gum disease. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices is recommended to prevent further root exposure.

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