Receding gums

What is gum recession?

Gum recession is when the gum line slowly decreases, leaving more and more of the tooth that was once covered by gum, exposed. Recession of the gums can cause low self-esteem for some, so if you feel like it is impacting your mental health, contact your dentist and book an appointment.

What causes gum recession?

Gum recession can occur:
  • When brushing too vigorously causes the gum to bleed and recede.
  • In a misaligned bite.
  • As a result of smoking.
  • Genetics
  • Gum disease

How to prevent gum recession?

To prevent gum recession, we recommend:
  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing gently.
  • Attending regular appointments with your dentist.
  • Avoiding smoking.
  • Regularly flossing.

How to treat gum recession?

Unfortunately, most cases of recession are irreversible without surgery, however you can follow the advice above to prevent the recession from worsening.

In extreme cases, your dentist may suggest getting a gingival graft, removing soft tissue from the palette, and placing it onto the damaged gums. You will likely be referred to a gum specialist for this, known as a periodontist. We recommend that anybody struggling with the impact on their mental health, seek out counselling as well as discuss it with your dentist.

How to spot gum recession/ symptoms?

Gum recession can be painful, and lead to sensitivity in the gums and teeth - but it can also be painless. Look at your gums - if the gum line looks to have lowered, you might have a receding gum line.  The process is typically quite slow, so the signs may be harder to spot. We suggest attending your dentist appointments as your dentist will be able to recognise and causes for concern.

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