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Gum Recession

June 4, 2019
Posted By: Texas Periodontal Associates
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During gum recession, your gums will pull away from your teeth causing pain and your teeth to become weaker. Gum recession does not just happen at old age like you would think, it can happen to people of all ages. It could even happen to a person who has extremely good dental hygiene. 

For obvious reasons gum recession can cause problems to your personal health. Fortunately, you can consult with your dentist if you have receding gums and he can help you understand the causes and even provide a treatment. 

When teeth are healthy, your gum tissue should fit around each tooth like a glove providing your tooth support. In a tooth that has gum recession, the gum tissue has pulled away from the tooth causing the root of the tooth to be exposed and it can cause pain to your teeth and make it more sensitive. The reason your tooth becomes more sensitive is because the root of the tooth does not have hard enamel like the crown (top) of your tooth. This sensitivity can cause pain when you do simple acts like drink a hot coffee or eat some cold ice cream. 

Here are some causes of gum recession: 

  • Brushing your teeth too rough 
  • The use of a hard-bristled toothbrush 
  • Trauma to the gum tissues (getting hit in the mouth with an object) 
  • Having dentures that don’t fit perfectly 
  • Gum Disease (caused by not flossing or brushing) 
  • Using any kind of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, etc.) 
  • Having poor tooth roots that can push your gums out of place 
  • Genetics (some people are born with weak gums) 
  • Having crooked teeth pushing your gums out of place 

Treatments of gum recession: 

Fortunately, there are treatments to having gums that are receding but it depends on what caused it in the first place. If your gums become unattached from your teeth, it is important to treat the problem immediately or it may get worse. Here are some treatments below from some causes of gum recession. 

  • If your gum recession was caused by brushing too hard, consult with your dental office and they will show you a more proper way to brush your teeth. 
  • If your recession was caused by gum disease your dentist will remove the plaque from the affected tooth so that your gum tissues can reattach and heal. 
  • If the gum recession was caused by any tobacco products, the only solution is pretty simple. Stop using those harmful products. 
  • If the gum recession was caused by your dentures not fitting right don’t let the pain keep happening, your dentist can simply just remake your dentures for you. 
  • If your gum recession was caused by trauma to the gum tissues in your mouth go to your dentist and then wait for your injury to heal, it will take some time. 
  • If your recession is really bad you could possibly need a gum graft. A graft is when a sliver of healthy gum is taken from another location in the patient’s mouth and reattached to where the gum has receded. Once that graft heals, it covers and reattaches to the exposed tooth root. 



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