Receding gum help and guide

Has your gums started to pull away from teeth, making teeth appear longer and exposing your tooth roots? Scared that it’s getting worse? It might be time for a dentist to step in.

How to stop receding gums from getting worse

If you want to help prevent and stop receding gums from getting worse, we must first understand why your gums are receding in the first place, as three major ways cause receding gums:

  1. – Aggressive brushing
  2. – Plaque accumulation on the gum line
  3. – Gum disease (periodontal disease)

Ageing, crooked teeth, ill-fitting dentures and poor oral hygiene practices also contribute to receding gums.

Whilst we cannot influence the gums to grow back, we can prevent them from receding any further and heal them, which will be essential for keeping tooth roots safe and preventing triangular pockets and gaps from getting any bigger.

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How you can help receding gums at home

You’ve likely heard this before, but the best chance you can give your gums is to maintain an excellent brushing and flossing routine.

The main contributor to receding gums is gum disease, and the more you manage this with an improved oral healthcare routine at home and combine that with regular hygiene sessions, the better chance you have at limiting the damage.

Pro dental tips:

  • – Avoid the use of hard-bristled toothbrushes
  • – Stay away from abrasive oral products
  • – Use an electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
  • – Medicated gum disease mouthwashes are also helpful
  • – Fluoride varnish can reduce discomfort

Dental treatments to treat receding gums

  • – Root planing and hand scaling to remove tartar
  • – Deep gum cleaning for more intensive cleans
  • – Regular hygiene appointments to prevent tartar build-up
  • – Periodontal appointments to manage gum disease
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Advanced procedures to treat gum recession

  • – Open flap scaling and planning
  • – Gum contouring to improve appearance
  • – Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation to pull the gum back to its original position
  • – Gum graft surgery

Cosmetic procedures to conceal gum recession

  • – Gum veneers (dentures for the gum)
  • Porcelain veneers can help address some issues
  • – Composite bonding or veneers to close gaps

Can you reverse or rebuild receding gums naturally?

Google is a hub of online resources detailing how you can rebuild receding gums naturally, for example, using salt water, eucalyptus oil, green tea, etc. However, without dental care intervention, you might be frustrated with the results.

Plus, without following the guidance of a dental professional, you might make the problem worse or spend time seeking inappropriate care that prevents you from getting the right treatment.

Receding gums do not grow back. No cure or treatment, whether natural or medical, can make receding gums grow back. Instead, we can prevent them from getting worse and improve their appearance.


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