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What bothers the dentist mostly is the problem with the ‘receding gums’. No matter how irrelevant this problem might seem, receding gums can cause unbearable pain. In fact, they can withdraw and make gaps between the gums and teeth, filled with bacteria. This stage can later lead to teeth loss.

Common symptoms

Receding gums is a quite common health issue and most of the time is neglected or treated improperly because recession develops slowly. You will need to check your teeth carefully in order to see if there are any initial symptoms. It’s better to prevent and to treat it before it reaches more sever stage.

The commonest symptoms of receding gums are:

  • tooth ache
  • larger or longer looking teeth
  • higher sensitivity

The following factors are the main causes for receding gums:

Don’t brush your teeth aggressively because it won’t make your teeth cleaner or brighter. If you put too much pressure on your teeth, you can damage the tooth enamel, causing receding gums. Brush your teeth gently.

In case you have received receding gums because of genetics, you can’t do much about it. However, general awareness is always of some help.

Sometimes, bacterial infections can cause periodontal diseases that damage the bone that supports your teeth and gums. This might be a serious problem that might result in tooth loss.

If you have a lip piercing or fancy tongue in your oral cavity, you might experience some rubbing against your gums, which might lead to erosion.

Gum recession can occur as a result of hormonal changes and misbalance. When experiencing hormonal mess in your body, the gums become even more fragile and sensitive.

Tobacco causes plaque accumulations on the teeth, leading to receding gums.

Grinding and clenching puts additional pressure on the teeth. If you don’t want to lose your teeth, you should stop immediately doing this. Don’t use force even if your upper and lower teeth don’t meet in order to prevent receding gums.

If you don’t brush your teeth regularly, plaque and tartar buildup will get between your teeth.


As soon as you notice even the tiniest gap between the gums and teeth, visit your dentist immediately. You will need to undergo a tooth scaling, a treatment that consists of plaque and tartar removal from the area between and beyond the gum line. If it’s more severe, you will have to do a gum surgery in order to have the soft tissue grafted a little bit.

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