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Is there a cure for receding gums? 

Like Emily, most people don't notice until there is significant gum recession making it seem like it  happened overnight.

But gums don't recede suddenly they recede gradually.

Emily's Question

My gum seems to have risen up my tooth, why?

I went to sleep one night and I woke up this morning and my gum has sort of climbed up my tooth on my bottom front teeth.


And how do I get it back to normal?? !!!

My reply

Gums  recede gradually but your gums may have suddenly become inflamed enough to get your attention.

Receding gums are caused by a few things. 

Be sure to gently clean the area with a soft bristled toothbrush.

Don't scrub!  

Just gently massage the gum using a small circular motion.  

These gums are already fragile and brushing too hard will make them recede further.

Flossing is helpful too. 

When flossing, be sure that your floss wraps tightly around the tooth and slides between your tooth and gum....don't let the floss cut into your gums.

Brushing and flossing won't make your gums grow back, but will keep your gums healthier and less inflamed.

Unfortunately, receding gums don't grow back.

But, you can improve their appearance and prevent further gum recession.

This images shows  recession on the upper canine tooth  and both recession and tooth abfraction (the deep groove) on the lower canine tooth. 

Treatment options

Having a gum graft procedure will replace the gum tissue you have lost. Gum grafts are a surgical procedure done by periodontists.  Gum grafts are not always necessary.  Have  

Tooth colored fillings can be placed if the teeth are also abfracted. Abfraction is a condition that often occurs along with recession.

Abfracted teeth have small grooves or notches near the gum line. A filling placed in an abfracted tooth improves the appearance and protects the tooth from further wear.

More about tooth abfraction here.

Your dentist can help you determine the best treatment and most importantly, identify the cause of your gum recession.

Receding Gum Treatment

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