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What to do when you have receding gums?

It's a frequent complaint and yet one of the worst: receding gums. When gums recede, they move towards the jawbone, which exposes the roots of your teeth. That doesn't only look bad, it's very unhealthy, too. I'll tell you why.

What causes receding gums?

Causes for receding gums

Receding gums can have various causes. It can be a reaction to gum inflammation, but over-intense brushing is a more common cause. If you brush too hard, you'll affect the gum tissue. The gums react by receding.

Other causes:

  • Using a toothbrush that's too hard
  • Using the wrong brushing technique

Good to know: receded gums don't heal

How to recognize receding gums?

Recognizing receding gums

Receding gums cause your teeth to become sensitive and may cause gum inflammation. Hot food and drinks or very cold ones may cause stinging. In general, receding gums can be recognized by the following symptoms:

  • Visible roots
  • Dark red gums
  • Spaces between your teeth

What to do against receding gums?

Flosser receding gums

The most important way to combat receding gums is by keeping your teeth as cleans as possible. Brush twice a day and also clean between your teeth and molars with a toothpick or flosser. On top of that, make sure not to brush too hard. You'll only make things worse. By choosing a toothbrush with a pressure sensor, you can be sure you'll never brush too hard. It'll tell you when you brush too hard.

Can receding gums be treated?

Treating receding gums

Want to get rid of receding gums? There are treatments that could repair the worst of the damage. From special braces to treatment by a periodontologist, which will help clean the pockets from the inside. This helps the gums to repair themselves somewhat. Finally, flap surgery may be a solution. The gums will be cut away, shifted, and cleaned from the inside. Note: the chance of your gums healing completely is very small.

Want to know more? Ask your dentist.

If you suffer from receding gums and want more information, consult your dentist. Your dentist can answer all your questions and advise you on possible treatment.

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