Receding Gums Explained in Details



A painful gums diseases that many people are suffering form is the receding gums disease.

Receding gums is a bacterial disease that pushes back the gums’ tissues to the tooth root, it becomes very painful and affects your look and smiles as well.

People with severe receding gums are suffering from bad headache at most of the time.

The signs of receding gum disease are:

  • Gums bleeding
  • Bad breath
  • Swollen gums and redness
  • Headache
  • Sensitive tooth and gums

The good news is that you can prevent getting receding gums with only few simple home remedies.

However, as soon as you feel like your gum tissues are pushing back and your teeth are longer than it used to be, you should call a dentist for the consultation.

Dentist should be able to tell you if your gums’ disease is at what stage level and what type of treatment should be apply.

There is a new nonsurgical treatment which I will explain it in more details later in this article.

What Causes Receding Gums?

Sever receding gums

There are several reasons that can cause receding gums’ disease.

  • Genetic
  • Brushing hard
  • Bad Flossing
  • Trauma to your gums or jaws
  • Teeth grinding when you sleep
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking

You can not ignore receding gums disease because it can cause bigger problems later on.

The main sign of gums receding is when you feel sensitivity in your teeth and/or gums or a visibility of longer teeth.

Gums bleeding is also a sign of receding disease and you should see your dentist as soon as you can for the proper treatments.

Genetics and Receding Gum Disease

People who have a genetic history of receding gums disease in their family are at the higher risk for a gums disease.

In general people who have the gums disease in their family, should be more careful and always do the self checkups for any signs or gums problems.

It is the must, to try to do the regular dental checkups and dental hygienist for the cleaning in regular basis.

They can use many home remedies to prevent against gum disease and decrease their chance of getting the infection disease that leads to gums disease.

Usually when people with a family history of gum disease knowing better way of protect themselves against the sickness as much as they can.

Saying that, they know most of the home remedies that works well for them against receding gums disease.

Roughly Brushing your Teeth and Gum Disease

Many people don’t know the right way of using the toothbrush and that can cause more damages to the teeth and gums.

The use of soft toothbrush is a much better choice when you buy your toothbrush.

Usually, your dentist should be able to show you the right way of brushing your teeth at his/her office.

There are many videos available online that trains you the right way of brushing your teeth without damaging your teeth and gums’ tissues.

Some people scrubbing their gums’ tissue very roughly until they start bleeding and swelling.

When you ask those above mentioned people about the reason for doing that, they will say that their gums are itchy!

Itchy gums is a sign of infection and you have to take it serious by calling your dentist for the further necessary diagnostic examination.

Pressing your toothbrush too hard vertically and roughly is one of the main reasons for receding gums.

The toothbrush texture and brands are also causing damages to your teeth and gum tissues.

Bad or no Flossing and Receding Gums

Flossing is very important in dental and oral care to clean up the areas that can’t be clean by the toothbrush such as between the teeth or under the gumlines tissues.

Flossing must be done in the right way in order to be beneficial for your oral care and it’s not suppose to causing more damages.

There are many types of floss available in the market and you should use the best that suits your needs.

  • Tread floss (waxed or un-waxed)
  • Needle floss

Dentists should teach their patients how to do the flossing in the right way in order to be beneficial and not damaging their gumlines and teeth.

In general flossing should be in a daily basis and a minimum of once a day is a recommendation , because the plaques takes 24 hours to build.

Brushing twice a day plus flossing once a day and mouthwash are the recommendation and can preventing you from receding gums in a big percentage.

Traumas That Can Cause Receding Gums

Oral trauma and accident are very common in dental emergencies.

Some of those traumas are because of…

  • Sport activities
  • Biting on hard food
  • Falling down
  • Tooth jewleries
  • Putting sharp object in your mouth
  • Flossing and accidentally poking yourself and rupture your gum or mouth
  • Breaking your tooth
  • Hot food
  • Drinking chemical products accidentally
  • Fire burning
  • Fighting and being punched in the mouth
  • Car accident

Any of those above reasons can be a cause of trauma which can also leads you to get the infection and some more serious oral issues.

Receding gums can occur because of any of those oral traumas and infections that leads to periodontal disease which destroys gums tissues.

However, if you are a victim of any of those oral accidents, you should be followup by dental care professional for a possibility of severe receding gums in the future.

Teeth Grinding While You Sleep can Cause Receding Gums

Some people do teeth grinding while sleeping and that can cause many oral issues including receding gums.

By grinding your teeth, you’re putting lots of pressure on your jaw and teeth then as a result receding  gums and jaws damage occures.

The main reason for teeth grinding is the sleep apnea and breathing interruption.

Some people do teeth grinding while deeply concentrating or thinking without realizing it.

In many cases where a person tries to control its anger, he/she starts grinding its teeth and that can cause severe headache and jaws pain as well.

Receding Gums Treatments

The best treatment is to brush your teeth with a good toothbrush and in the right way twice a day.

Flossing in a daily basis in the right way as well.

Usage of mouthwash is very important and it kills mouth bacteria’s that causes any mouth diseases.

Oral hygiene is very important and the best treatment for receding gums.

However, in severe receding gums cases the surgery might be the only option.

Surgery is another option in a very severe receding gums situation which can be decide by the dentist who’s taking care of your oral health.

Most of the patients avoid taking the surgery because it’s a very painful procedure and they have to miss work and their regular activities for several days.

The good news for people with Severe receding gums who needs a surgery is that there is a new technique call Pinhole  which is painless and very fast procedure.

There will be no cutting and stitches in Pinhole surgery technique.

Pinhole treatment surgery technique for receding gums, is that the doctor makes a small hole and pushes the gums down to their space for each tooth.

Then they put collagen strip on the gums to keep the gums in place.

So, we should again thank technologies and scientists to make our life easier and painless.

How to Stop Receding Gums

With only flossing and brushing your teeth gently and in the standard ways you can stop receding gums by almost 70%.

Go for your dental cleaning twice a year and follow your dentist’s advice.

In some aggressive sports wearing mouth guard is very important and can protect you from teeth trauma in a certain levels.

Also, if you are suffering from teeth grinding, try to treat your sleep apnea in order to prevent you from getting receding gums.

Chewing gum helps many people to get relax while they are thinking and working with a sensitive project or exams.

By chewing gum you can stop teeth grinding while you are thinking or when you are full of anger.

Is Receding Gums Grow Back?

In severe receding gums without surgery procedure it will not grow back  by itself, because they’ve lost their attachment to the teeth.

In mild cases by starting the treatments and home remedies the gums can grow back to its place or stop pushing the gums back.

However, you can always stop the gums disease with the right treatments if you catch it on-time and start the treatments at early stage of disease.

Home Remedy for Receding Gums

These are some home remedies that can be use for receding gums home treatment:

  • Clove oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Sesame seeds oil
  • Aloe Vera
  • Green tea
  • Fresh walnut skin
  • Sumac
  • Yarrow
  • Sage

All of those above list are good for oral treatments and pain without going to see the dentist.

In ancient times those home remedy treatments were the only options they used to have beside pulling the tooth.

However, home remedy treatment can’t be use forever if the receding gums are very severe.

They are good for a temporary turning aside the pain and uncomfortable feelings, but you should start the real treatment immediately.

When you have pain, bleeding, cracked or broken tooth, swollen gums and headache because of your mouth problem, you should go and see a dentist as soon as you can.

Having a nice and bright smile is playing a huge rule in everyone’s beauty and look, so try to take a very good care of your oral health.

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