I just went to the dentist. For the past few years I have had very mild gum recession. I always ask about it and they always say it hasn't gotten worse. This time, however, they said there's one area that's gotten a bit worse, but it's still very mild, and my teeth are otherwise completely healthy, no infection or other things happening.
They seem to think it's because I have major problems with teeth grinding and until last year I didn't have a night guard. I have one now but don't always wear it. Today they asked if I grind my teeth during the day when I'm working or concentrating, and I said I sometimes do notice that I'm clenching my jaw. They said I should wear the night guard even during the day if I'm at home doing things where I'm prone to grind my teeth.
I know I definitely grind at night because my night guard has big gouges in the plastic, and it's right on the same side where the gum recession got a bit worse, that's why they think it's connected.
I know diabetes can also cause gum problems so was wondering if anyone else has mild gum problems and anything else that should be done or monitored. I'm in my early 30s so obviously don't want this to get worse! I'm pretty good at brushing and flossing, could be better wearing the night guard, and see my dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Obviously my blood sugars could be better but that is an ongoing goal.