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Why Are My Gums Uneven?

Jan 08, 2024
Why Are My Gums Uneven?
Your smile is one of the first things people notice, and healthy gums play a crucial role in achieving a perfect look. But no matter how flawless your teeth are, uneven gums can make them look too small, too large, or mismatched. We can fix that.

Uneven gums can affect your smile aesthetics. They may also signal a problem with your oral health. Our team at Beaufils Dental in Cooper City, Florida, is interested in both.

Check this message regarding the reasons for uneven gums and the services we offer to get your smile and dental health back on track.

What’s causing my uneven gums?

Your gums have multiple tissue layers that help keep your teeth in place and prevent bacteria from invading tooth roots. Uneven gums have several potential causes, including:

Poor oral hygiene

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for healthy gums. Inconsistent brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups can lead to gum problems, including unevenness.

Plaque buildup from poor oral hygiene and infrequent dental care can irritate the gums and contribute to an uneven appearance. 

On the other hand, overly aggressive brushing techniques, especially with hard-bristle brushes, can also damage gum tissue, causing gums to pull away from teeth.

Gum disease

Gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) can cause gums to become swollen, red, and uneven. These conditions are often a result of bacterial infections that, if left untreated, can lead to serious oral health issues.

That’s one of the reasons our Beaufils Dental team recommends routine dental visits and professional cleanings, which help prevent and manage gum diseases and keep your teeth looking their brilliant best.

Hormonal changes

Hormonal fluctuations, particularly in women, can affect gum health. Puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause are times when hormonal changes can lead to increased sensitivity and inflammation in the gums, potentially causing unevenness.

Genetics

Another reason for uneven gums is genetics. The size, shape, and position of your gums are largely determined by your genetic makeup. If your parents or grandparents had uneven gums, there's a chance you might inherit this trait.

Bruxism (teeth grinding)

Bruxism, or the habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, can exert excessive pressure on the gums and contribute to their uneven appearance. This condition is often related to stress and can lead to various dental issues, including gum recession.

Trauma

Physical trauma to the mouth can result in damage to the gums. Injuries may cause the gums to recede or become uneven in certain areas.

Orthodontic treatments

Previous orthodontic treatments, such as braces or other dental procedures, can influence the position and appearance of the gums. In some cases, the repositioning of teeth causes changes in gum levels.

Treating uneven gums

While uneven gums may be a cosmetic concern, they can also indicate underlying oral health issues. During your initial evaluation at Beaufils Dental, we identify the reasons for your gum issues and build a personalized treatment plan to solve the problem.

Your strategy may include:

  • Instructions for a consistent and tooth-friendly home hygiene routine
  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes smile-friendly nutrition
  • Regular dental checkups to identify and address potential problems early
  • Professional-grade cleanings to remove plaque before it irritates your gums
  • Treatment for gum disease
  • Gum contouring to remove excess tissue
  • Tissue grafts to restore an even gumline caused by receding gums

These are only a sampling of the many treatments we offer at Beaufils Dental, all designed to provide the healthy smile you crave.

Schedule an evaluation today by calling the Beaufils Dental office or requesting an appointment online.