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How To Fix Receding Gums

Posted on 7/24/2023 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
How To Fix Receding GumsReceding gums are a common problem that affects most people in the United States. However, most people do not even know they have receding gums because they can be hard to notice. Receding gums occur when the gum pushes backward and exposes the teeth. The recession can either be moderate or severe.

There are several factors that can cause receding gums. These include hard brushing of teeth, genetics, poor dental hygiene, or chewing tobacco. You can also get receding gums from periodontal disease. Sometimes, certain gum diseases will cause the gums to wear off and push backward. Grinding your teeth at night can also cause the gums to recede.

Treating receding gums will heavily depend on what caused it initially. Severe cases of gum recession will require surgery to treat it. Dentists use deep cleaning and antibiotics treatment methods for mild cases of gum recession.

Treatment for Gum Recession

Dental Bonding

This involves using composite resin to cover the area where the recession has occurred. The composite resin mimics the color of your actual tooth. Dental bonding is a great treatment method not only to cover the tooth but also to increase comfort.

Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning is another great way to treat gum recession. In this method, the dentist will clean the affected area. The dentist removes plaque and tartar that may have built up not only on the teeth but also below the gum line. Additionally, the root area that was exposed is smoothened out such that bacteria cannot attach itself to the tooth's surface.


Dentists prescribe antibiotics to those people whose recession occurred because of periodontal diseases. This will help to cure the disease as well as to stop the gum recession.

Gum Graft Surgery

In extreme cases of gum recession, gum graft surgery is done. This is where a gun graft is used to fill the area where a recession occurred. The surgeon removes the graft from the upper jaw and attaches it to the affected area.

One of the best ways to avoid the risk of infection that can lead to gum recession is to maintain good oral hygiene. Thus, it is important to brush your teeth and floss daily. You can also use antibacterial mouthwash to keep bacteria at bay.

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