gum recede

Why Your Gums Are Receding

Gums recede when gum tissue begins pulling away from the teeth. This condition can be caused by several factors and without treatment you can experience pain, sensitivity, inflammation — and even lose a tooth.

Key takeaways:

• Inadequate brushing and flossing allows plaque buildup, causing your gums to recede and become red and swollen. 

• Brushing your teeth aggressively can irritate the gum tissue and gradually expose the roots, one complication of receding gums. 

• Crooked teeth and pregnancy can also contribute to gum disease and cause the gums to recede and swell. 

Don’t ignore receding gums. Visit your dentist regularly so your dentist can detect receding gums and start treatment to avoid complications. 

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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.