How To Handle Receding Gum Lines

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If you have noticed that your gum seems to be pulling back, making your teeth look longer, you are probably suffering from receding gums. The problem can have many causes, the most severe and most common one being gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, caused by natural aging, poor oral hygiene or medical conditions, such as diabetes. While gum recession cannot be reversed, there are several treatment options available to stop the problem – here are some:

  • Changing brushing habits or toothcare products – if the cause of the problem is an inadequate brushing technique, your dentist can teach you how take care of your sensitive, receding gums. There are many toothpastes and mouthwashes developed especially to help manage receding gums – your dentist will be able to recommend you options;
  • Regular professional cleaning – the professional cleaning provided by your dentist is much more efficient than any home cleaning. If you have receding gums step up the frequency of professional cleaning sessions to make it easier for your gums to heal and to stop the recession;
  • Grafting – the method used for treating very serious cases involves taking gum tissue from a healthy area of your mouth and attaching it to the affected gum.  Be sure to see an oral surgeon at for healthy gums and dental services.