Receding Gums: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

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Receding Gums: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

We are all worried about the health of our teeth, and as we try to learn more to help keep our teeth in tip-top shape, we need to educate ourselves on receding gums. From understanding just what gum recession is, to why it happens, to specific symptoms and how you can prevent gum disease naturally–this is vital information if the health of your teeth and mouth is important to you.

woman with health teeth and gumsWhat Is Gum Recession Exactly?

Maybe you’ve heard of it, perhaps you haven’t, and hopefully, you haven’t experienced it. Gum recession is a process where your gum tissue that surrounds your teeth starts to wear away, exposing more of your teeth. This results in more and more exposure of your teeth over time, eventually, to the point where it exposes the root of your teeth.

Furthermore, as your gums recede from your teeth, more of your teeth’s surface area will be exposed, thus, causing pockets and gaps between your teeth and the gum line. This can make it easy for disease and cavity-causing bacteria to find its way into these little hard to reach voids. Unfortunately, the longer this goes untreated, the more likely it is that your teeth will become irreversibly damaged to the extent that you lose teeth.

Why Does You Get Receding Gums?

Knowing why something like this happens can help you act early on and prevent it. The first and most common reason your gums start to recede begins stems from the way you brush your teeth. If you’re an aggressive brusher, or your consistently brush your teeth in the wrong ways, it can begin to wear on your tissue over time and cause them to recede.

Secondly, another huge factor is tobacco use. When you use tobacco, it leaves a sticky residue on your teeth that is not easily removed and can begin not only to eat away at your gums but cause them to recede.

Last but not least, not practicing proper dental care can take a toll on your gums. Brushing, flossing and rinsing your mouth several times a day, on a consistent, daily basis is the right thing to do. These practices are meant to prevent plaque from building up and the less plaque you allow to build up in your mouth, the healthier your gums will be!

How Can I Prevent Gum Recession?

First and foremost, taking care of your teeth gums and overall mouth is the perfect and easiest way to have healthy, non-recessive gums. Brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouth wash, daily are vital practices to any healthy mouth. You can also prevent harmful practices like over-brushing or aggressive brushing by buying an extra soft toothbrush or using toothpaste for sensitive mouths.


As you can see based on the information in this article, deterioration of your gum tissue is not something to be taken lightly, nor is it enjoyable or healthy for your mouth. Therefore, avoid things like aggressive brushing and tobacco use and be sure to brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash every day. Keep an eye on those gums and always try to eat a healthy diet, based in fruits and vegetables for the healthiest gums and teeth possible!

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