Gum Recession

Gum recession

The teeth’s crowns are snugly encircled by healthy gums. When the gums separate or recede, the roots beneath are become visible. Once the gum line has separated from the teeth, it is impossible for it to reattach.

If untreated, open spaces or gaps that grow between the tooth and gums can provide a breeding ground for bacteria. The roots of the tooth are more susceptible to decay than the crown because they lack a protective enamel coating. To assist hide exposed root surfaces, there are techniques we can use during surgery to modify the gums.

How can we keep our gums from shrinking?

  • Use the brush properly by applying controlled pressure. If you want to use an electric brush, it is recommended to have a pressure sensor that stops the head in case of excessive pressure.
  • Change the brushing technique. If the current technique is the cause of our gum recession, it will be advisable to consult a specialist for the most effective technique that does not damage our gums.
  • Avoid toothbrushes with hard bristles. They are aggressive for the gums and contribute to further receding. In certain circumstances, a small-headed brush may be recommended to better reach the most inaccessible areas of the mouth.
  • Avoid smoking. This habit generates vasoconstriction of the blood vessels, which means the blood does not easily reach all areas of your gums. That is why tobacco accelerates and aggravates recessions in the case of gum problems.
  • Cleaning between the teeth, dental floss, interdental brushes or oral irrigator.
  • Be careful if you have orthodontics. Recession can occur due to the movement itself in the treatment. How can we keep our gums from shrinking?
  • Presence of braces that pull the gum. We must also eliminate the influence of the brace on the recession.
  • In cases of recession where the gum is already retracted, it will be necessary to go to the specialist in periodontics so that he can assess whether to perform a gum graft treatment. The recession treatment may be due to tooth problems (dental sensitivity, gum inflammation, root wear) or aesthetic reasons.

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How do We fix the gum recession?

If you notice something strange about your teeth or gums, you should see a dentist as soon as possible to avoid more problems or worsening your condition. Regular trips to the dentist and hygienist are essential for maintaining good dental health. Depending on the severity, treatment will typically differ.

1. Consultation

At your first visit, our dentist will carefully look at your gums and teeth to find out what is causing your gums to recede. Sometimes we also take dental X-rays to suggest the best dental treatment for you.

2. Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is the main method of treatment for gum recession. This is partly because it made it possible to replace diseased gum tissue in a patient's mouth with healthy gum tissue from another part of the patient's mouth.

3. Pinhole Technique

It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) entails making a tiny pinhole in the gum tissue, as the name implies. The next step is to move this tissue around to conceal the exposed gums.

4. Tooth Scaling

To make it more difficult for new bacteria to attach, our dentist will remove any tartar and plaque from the gum line and make sure the root area is free of harmful bacteria. This method is used for minor gum recession.

What Causes Gum Recession?

Periodontal disease is frequently the main cause of gum recession. Gum disease, also called periodontitis, is an inflammation of the gums that makes the soft tissue weaker and can kill the jawbone if it is not treated.Not brushing your teeth properly is the next cause of gum recession. In contrast, proper brushing gives you a healthier and more confident smile.Another factor that could cause gum recession is malocclusion. A “bad bite” or crooked teeth are signs of malocclusion. In a typical bite, the upper teeth are somewhat in front of the lower teeth. The further causes of Gum Recession are:

Dental Conditions

Over 50% of Americans have gum disease, according to the Center for Disease Control. Millions of people could get gum disease as a result of this. If you don’t treat these bacterial gum infections, they can damage your gum tissue and the bones that support it, which can lead to a number of problems. To rule out gum disease, make sure to consult your dentist if you have red, swollen, bleeding, or painful gums.

Brutally brushing teeth

Dentists value enthusiastic patients about oral health, but aggressive brushers can cause just as much harm as those who don’t brush often. Gum recession can be caused by vigorous tooth cleaning, which pulls the gums away from the teeth. Ensure you are using a toothbrush marked “soft” and accepted by the ADA. Also, remember that brushing rather than vigorously scrubbing is all necessary for healthy teeth.

Oral health issues

You could have receding gums if you don’t care for your mouth by brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist. If you don’t take care of your teeth, calculus (no, not the math lesson) or tartar can build up in between your teeth and cause gum recession. Keep your mouth sparkling clean and the picture of health by brushing for two minutes at least twice daily, carefully flossing in between your teeth, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash.


Unfortunately, heredity may be to blame for some people, regardless of how healthy their mouths are. You can have weak or thin gum tissue from birth, which is prone to receding. Another risk factor for you may be that you were born with crooked teeth or an improper bite. Therefore, even if you take good care of your mouth, you could still experience gum recession.

Teeth Grinding or Clenching

You might grind or clench your teeth if you’re naturally anxious. Even though teeth are rather sturdy, grinding or clenching can exert a lot of power on them. This kind of pressure can lead to gum recession. Practice relaxation techniques and be conscious of your own grinding or clenching.

Gum recession Does it have a solution?

Gingival recession is a process in which the gums recede, exposing the tooth’s root previously hidden under the soft tissue.
This problem is quite common among the population. It generates aesthetic problems and can be the cause of dental sensitivity. This occurs because when the gums begin to recede, the dentin at the tooth’s root is exposed. 

Hence, receding gums can lead to tooth loss because they impair the grip that healthy gums provide to keep teeth firmly in place. As we’ve already said, once gum recession starts, there is no way to replace the gum tissue that has been lost. There are still ways to treat gum recession, and your dentist in Virginia can help you figure out the best way to do so. At our clinic, we offer