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How does grinding and clenching my teeth lead to gum recession?

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Clenching or grinding your teeth can put too much force on the teeth, causing gums to recede.

From: Receding Gums WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Periodontology: "Causes of Gum Disease," "Types of Gum Disease," "Periodontal Diseases," "Periodontal Surgery: What Can I Expect?"

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health: "Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments."

Web Dental Office: "Gum Recession."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Periodontology: "Causes of Gum Disease," "Types of Gum Disease," "Periodontal Diseases," "Periodontal Surgery: What Can I Expect?"

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health: "Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments."

Web Dental Office: "Gum Recession."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 11, 2019

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