causes of gums to recede and how it is treated

What Causes Gums to Recede and How is it Treated?

Gums can recede from the teeth for several reasons, exposing the tooth roots which can cause pain and sensitivity. Your dentist can evaluate the reasons for a receding gumline and recommend a suitable treatment plan.

Key takeaways:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently, as aggressive brushing and flossing can be a cause of receding gums.
  • You may need to wear a nightly mouthguard if the reason for gum recession is teeth grinding.
  • Gum disease can lead to receding gums and tooth loss, and your dentist may suggest a deep cleaning to remove any infection.

“Often, patients don’t realize that brushing too hard or flossing too aggressively can both cause receding gum tissue. These habits aggravate the gums and can cause inflammation and eventually, recession.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.