would like to challenge you to a quiz on gum recession causes.


Q1. True or false – Plaque and tartar are versions of the same biofilm which can lead to gum disease and gum recession.

Q2. True or false – Your gums can recede from brushing teeth too hard.

Q3. True or false – Hormones can cause gum recession issues.

Q4. True or false – Oral piercings are perfectly safe for your dental health.


A1. TRUE – Plaque is a sticky biofilm that results from bacteria, their lactic acid emissions, and food debris in your mouth. It is sticky and clings to teeth. When plaque hardens, it turns into tartar, or calculus. You shouldn’t try to clean plaque and tartar off your teeth with anything other than a toothbrush and floss. Tartar buildup is cleaned off at your biannual checkups. If it is not cleaned off and collects at your gumline, it can cause inflammation and infection, known as periodontal disease (gum disease). Gum recession can eventually follow.

A2. TRUE – If you brush your teeth too hard, too fast, or too much, your enamel can actually become worn down and damaged. Gum tissues can become irritated and gum recession might be likely.

A3. TRUE – Hormonal fluctuations occur throughout a woman’s life. This can certainly make gums more sensitive and vulnerable to recession.

A4. FALSE – Oral piercings of any kind (tongue, lip, cheeks) can be very dangerous for the health of your teeth and gums. When the jewelry consistently hits up against your teeth and gingival tissues, gums can start to wear away and recede.

Dental Checkups from Temecula General Dentists

Prevention of gum recession is as simple as taking care of your oral health. Just as with other dental issues, your best bet is diligent oral hygiene (brushing teeth and flossing regularly) and visiting your Woodcrest, CA dentists every six months for exams and dental cleanings. We provide comprehensive dental care for our patients of all ages. To reach our 92591 dental office, don’t hesitate to call (951) 695-2290 and schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from Temecula and all surrounding communities.