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518 Te Atatu Road, Atatu Peninsula, 0610
reception@opaldental.co.nz
Call 09 834 6359

Receding gums is a common issue that can impact your dental health and affect your confidence too.

If you’ve been wondering, ‘What to do if my gums are receding?’ and would like to know more about the condition, read on.

We’re going to explain what causes receding gums and how your dentist can help you with this aspect of your oral health.

What are the signs of receding gums?

It’s important to recognise the signs of receding gums. If you don’t get help for this condition, then it could result in other problems to do with your teeth and gums.

The most obvious sign of receding gums is noticing that the gum tissue pulls back from the tooth. This makes the tooth appear longer.

You may also find that affected teeth become more sensitive, especially to hot or cold food or drink. This is because the roots, which are not protected by enamel, are exposed.

Other signs include bleeding, red or inflamed gums. This indicates gum disease, which can go hand in hand with receding gums.

You may notice bad breath when you have receding gums. That’s because pockets develop between the teeth and gums, trapping food particles and bacteria.

Receding gums may also cause your teeth to become loose.

What causes receding gums?

It’s important to understand the causes of receding gums so you can prevent this condition if possible.

Causes include:

  • Brushing your teeth too vigorously.
  • Inadequate oral hygiene. This can cause plaque to build up, harden into tartar and cause your gums to recede.
  • Gum disease. Infections associated with gum disease can lead to receding gums.
  • Genetic factors. Some people are simply more susceptible to gum disease and/or receding gums because of the genes they’ve inherited.
  • Grinding and clenching the teeth. The force exerted by grinding and clenching can cause the gums to recede.
  • Injury. Sometimes an injury to the gums can make them recede.

What’s the treatment for receding gums?

If you spot any of the signs of receding gums, then it’s best to see your dentist for a check-up straight away.

While it’s not possible to reverse receding gums naturally, your dentist will talk through the options to stop the condition from getting worse. They can also suggest treatment for any associated problems, such as gum disease.

Treatment options include:

  • Scaling and root planning to deep-clean plaque and tartar under the gumline.
  • Laser therapy to reshape your gum tissue and combat bacteria.
  • Gum graft surgery, used in more serious cases. Tissue is taken from another area of the mouth to cover the exposed root and reshape the gumline.
  • Oral hygiene advice. Taking good care of your teeth and gums can help prevent any further gum recession.

Worried about receding gums? We’re here to help!

It’s natural to be worried if you think you have receding gums. But here at Opal Dental, your local dentist in Te Atatu, we’re here to help you.

Come and see if you have any concerns about your gums (or any other aspect of your oral health).

We can put together a plan to stop your gums from receding further and treat any other problems you’re experiencing as a result.

We’re just a call or click away, so reach out and make an appointment to see us. It’s the first step to getting your teeth and gums back into shape and smiling with confidence again!

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