Receding Gums


Identifying the problem- Its essential to first identify what gum recession actually is before we can determine why gums recede. Gum recession is the mere retraction of gums from the teeth or jaw bone.

Causes of gum recession- Pressure, strain and stress on teeth or gums are all major causes of gum line retraction. Brushing with a hard bristle brush, jaw balance problems and strong foods all have the potential of leading to gum problems including retraction. Plaque build-up which produces bacteria underneath the gum line is the number one cause of gum tissue damage commonly leading to gum recession.

Other possible causes – A lack of sufficient vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C and Iron is another cause of retraction, thus suitable nutritional supplements or multivitamins should be taken as prescribed.

Common symptoms- Initially, symptoms of the problem may not be visible to the naked eye. However there are a few indicators that a very serious condition may be brewing. These symptoms include bad breath, loose teeth, inflammation, pain or discomfort, swelling and bleeding gums.

Available treatments- Doctors work towards a cure for receding gums, often in the form of very painful and intrusive surgery which may not be suitable for the majority of patients due to the fact that recession may not be so severe to justify surgery.

Prevention should be top of on your list of priorities, easily achievable by merely applying high standards of daily oral hygiene including twice yearly dental check up’s, brushing and flossing teeth with prescribed toothbrush and techniques as approved by your dentist or general practitioner.

Professional advice- It is very important to consult with your physician or dentists in case any of the mentioned gum recession symptoms appear or should the pain, inflammation or discomfort worsen. Your physician will diagnose the problem successfully and prescribe suitable treatment in the form of surgery or medication. Do not let your situation get to the point of surgery.

Source by Scott Wells