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January 16, 2019

Signs of Receding Gums and Treatment Options

Although receding gums is a common condition, it can lead to discomfort and other negative consequences if not treated early. Here’s how to tell if the process of receding gums has started and how we recommend to address it.

Receding Gums

When gums recede, their position on the tooth is lowered. This means that there is less coverage of the bottom of the tooth, possibly exposing the highly sensitive roots. Receding gums can also lead to discomfort and pain while brushing one’s teeth or eating hot or cold foods, and they can potentially change the appearance of one’s smile, requiring cosmetic dentistry.

Over-Aggressive Brushing

Although we always recommend brushing thoroughly twice a day, brushing or flossing too aggressively can lead to receding gums. Be sure only to use toothbrushes that are labeled “soft,” and be gentle on the teeth while brushing in a circular motion. Using a toothbrush should never hurt, so if the experience is painful, it may be a sign that the brushing is too aggressive.


Genetics play a large role in the characteristics of one’s gums, so some people are more inclined to have receding gums than others, regardless of their brushing habits. Genetics can also lead to abnormal tooth positioning or misaligned teeth that can increase the chances of gum recession.

Tooth Grinding or Other Trauma

Frequent tooth grinding can cause a number of dental issues, including a receding gum line. Luckily, it can be easily addressed with a mouth guard, among other options. Other traumas such as oral injuries can also result in receding gums.

Bad Oral Hygiene

Finally, those with poor oral hygiene who do not brush, floss, and visit a trusted dentist like Dr. White or Dr. Grabiak regularly may suffer from receding gum lines. Luckily, those who experience receding gum lines for this and many other reasons can receive treatment.

Treating Receding Gums

The first step to take when addressing receding gums is to identify the cause of the recession and treat it. This will hopefully prevent the process from continuing. After, the doctor will offer personalized treatment to ensure that any associated problems have been addressed. In some cases, a deep cleaning of the affected area is needed. This will reduce plaque and tartar that has built up below the gum line. However, some cases may also require gum surgery, including open flap scaling, root planing, regeneration, or potentially soft tissue grafts in more extreme cases.

Although there are a number of treatment options for receding gums, catching the condition early is the best way to ensure it is properly addressed. If you’re concerned that you may have receding gums, request an appointment with Denver Dentistry today.