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Receding Gums: What Causes Receding Gums & How Is It Treated?

What Are Receding Gums?

Receding gums is when your gums start to pull away from your teeth and expose the root. Gum recession happens over-time and isn’t immediately obvious. The first sign of gum recession is often an increase in tooth sensitivity paired with your tooth/teeth looking longer than usual. You should visit your dentist as soon as you start experiencing heightened tooth sensitivity as this can be a sign that something is wrong. Tooth sensitivity is common in cases where gum disease is present.

Healthy gums are pink and flush against the teeth, without any swelling or redness.

What Causes Receding Gums?

There are many factors that can cause receding gums including: aging, brushing your teeth too hard, poor oral hygiene and gum disease. Gum disease is caused by bacteria being left in contact with the gums, infecting the area. Gum disease that is left untreated attacks the gums and causes them to recede.

When the gum becomes loose around a tooth, it can create ‘pockets’ in the gums where plaque can build up and negatively impact the structure of the tooth, making teeth loose.

How To Treat Receding Gums

Treating receding gums as early as possible is crucial as once gums have receded, they don’t grow back. If you suspect your gums have started to recede, you should visit your dentist for advice on how to prevent further recession. Your dentist will recommend that you pay for more attention to your oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and using a mouthwash to remove bad bacteria from the mouth.

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