Reverse Receding Gums

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Receding gums are a powerful warning sign of advanced gum disease. Most gum disease begins with red and swollen gums. The disease may progress to the point of the gums bleeding during brushing or flossing. This is indicative of gingivitis. If the gingivitis is left untreated, however, it can progress into periodontitis. Periodontitis is a very serious gum disease, and one of the main indicators of periodontitis is receding gums.

When gums are very infected for a long period of time, they can begin to pull away from the tooth. Over time more and more of the tooth is exposed. The function of gum tissue is to surround and support the tooth. Healthy gum tissue protects the tooth's bone and root. When gums recede the tooth's root is exposed and sensitivity can occur. When the root is exposed the nerve is exposed. Hot or cold food and drink will cause pain in the tooth.

The other function of gum tissue is to immobilize the tooth. When gums recede severely, teeth can become loose. A loose tooth in an adult can be very painful. Eventually the tooth will either fall out or have to be removed.

Treating Gum Recession

Treatment for receding gums is crucial. A dentist or periodontist must be consulted for appropriate care. It may be that in the judgment of a dental professional you can use home care to treat the problem. This home care will certainly consist of improving personal oral care in the form of brushing and flossing. However, if the recession is severe, you may need to have a non-surgical or surgical procedure in addition to improving home care. In most cases it is possible to reverse receding gums if treatment happens early enough.

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