Receding gums are a common problem that can have serious consequences. Here’s what you need to know.
When your gums erode or pull away from your teeth, "pockets" or gaps form between the teeth and gums, allowing disease-causing bacteria to build-up. This can eventually lead to tooth loss.
What are the Signs of Receding Gums?
If your teeth appear to be getting longer over time, or you feel tooth sensitivity, it may be a sign that your gums are receding.
Tooth sensitivity can be a sign of receding gums
What causes receding gums?
Receding gums may be caused by a number of factors including:
- Gum disease (periodontitis)
- Brushing too hard
- Poor dental hygiene
- Using tobacco
- Grinding teeth
- Tooth misalignment
Can Receding Gums Grow Back?
The simple answer is no. If your gums are damaged by periodontitis, the most severe form of gum disease, it’s not possible for receding gums to grow back. When gum disease has progressed to this stage, a toothpaste alone will not stop or reverse the condition. However, even though receding gums can’t be reversed there are treatments that can help stop the problem from getting worse. Some of the common treatments are scaling of the teeth to remove plaque and tartar, medication, and dental surgery. Schedule an appointment with your dentist for more guidance.