Gum recession is a common condition that progresses and causes the gum tissue to pull away from the tooth. It can cause teeth to look longer than they used to and cause pockets to form that can collect bacteria and become infected.
Why Do Gums Recede?
Below are some common reasons that gums may recede:
- Brushing too hard
- Grinding your teeth
- Not getting proper oral care
- Periodontal disease
Gingivitis and Stages of Gum Disease As a Cause of Recession
Periodontal gum disease has many stages, and gingivitis is one of the most common. Gingivitis begins with swollen and painful gums. And it can lead to the destruction of your gums and a receding gumline. Bleeding while you floss can be a sign of gingivitis.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Bleeding gums
- Irritated and painful/sore gum tissue
- Loose teeth
- Pain when brushing, flossing, or chewing
- Puffy or swollen gums
- Pus coming from the gumline or from between the teeth
- Receded gums
- Sensitive teeth
What Is Pyorrhea?
Pyorrhea is another word for gum disease. It’s usually a result of poor oral health and hygiene. It causes painful gums that may bleed and recede over time.
Do Receding Gums Grow Back?
If any of your jawbone is lost, it cannot regrow, nor does gum tissue regrow. You can help by deep cleaning your teeth and taking proper care of your gums.
How to Fix Receding Gums
It is essential to notice problems early and correct them to prevent any severe recession. Cleaning and treatment is the only way to help.
How to Treat Receding Gums
- Deep dental cleanings
- Proper dental hygiene
- See your dentist
- Tissue or bone grafting
- Wear a night guard