The gums (gingiva) are the soft tissues of the mouth that surround and support teeth. Healthy gums fit snugly against teeth. When gum lines pull away from the teeth, it is called receding gums or gum recession.
Receding gums are often the result of wear and tear or years of aggressive tooth brushing. However, sometimes receding gums can be a sign of something more. In many cases, receding gums are caused by periodontal disease (gum disease). Three out of four adults have some form of it, and in most cases, it doesn’t cause any pain and goes unnoticed.
Sometimes receding gums can be identified at first glance, but they may be detected by feeling the top of the teeth at the gum line. If the tooth feels notched at the gum line, then the gums are likely receding, thus hastening the decay of healthy teeth.
Receding Gums Symptoms
- Gums are red, swollen or tender (Gum infection and slow gum healing)
- Gums bleed when you brush
- Gums have pulled away from your teeth (Gum erosion)
- Chronic bad breath (Halitosis)
- Losing teeth (Tooth Loss)
- Teeth fit together differently when you bite
- Partial dentures fit differently
Gum recession is more a factor of periodontal bone loss, which in turn causes the gums to recede. Bacteria in dental plaque that is not removed between the teeth and underneath the gums, causes an inflammatory response by your body trying to get rid of the infection.Receding Gums Cures
Many people who has receding gums ask how to stop gums from recession, they need to know that it is recommended to always brush softly. The exposed root surface is a much softer structure than the (whiter) crown part of the tooth. It can be brushed away with too vigorous brushing and cause gum recession. Try to use a gentle circular action and move your wrist only when brushing, not your shoulder.
When my dentist saw my own receded gumline, she explained that she sees it a lot in young women. Apparently some of us want really white, clean, pretty teeth and become over-enthusiastic brusher and brush away our gumlines. I started to get really scared about my gums when a woman I worked with told me she had to have painful skin grafts done on hers, due to severe receding.
Floss between your gums and teeth! You’ll be amazed at how strong your gums will be protected. The good news is these gum conditions can be prevented by good daily oral hygiene habits.
You may try to use mouthwash for receding gums. Your dentist might tell you about the best one.
Natural Cure for Receding Gums
Tammie from Prairieville, Louisiana writes about receding gums cure with bee propolis:
My gums had started receding so bad that I could see a space between my two front teeth at the gum line, then I read that bee propolis can actually help the gum tissue to grow back, and it really works. No more space between my teeth.
Bee propolis also reduces fever, helps sore throat, canker sores, fever blisters and heals stomach ulcers and just about anything else you use it on.
Receding Gums Treatment
Patients with suspected gum disease, and especially with recession of the gum tissues, should undergo a thorough periodontal examination including a periodontal probe screening to check for gum pockets and bone loss.
If you have gum recession, it is sometimes possible to graft tissue to cover a portion of the exposed root surface and to reinforce the fragile, receding gum tissue to protect from further recession. For those with severely receded gums, a graft from another part of the mouth may be the only option for treatment.
For others with healthy teeth and gums, there are currently two methods for the treatment of receding gums. In one treatment, the dentist drills holes in the teeth and then fills them with a material that helps keep the gums from receding further. This is perhaps the most commonly used method by dentists in the United States.
The second, and newer method for the treatment of receding gums has not yet been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Instead of drilling holes in the teeth, the smooth surface of the tooth is roughened with a dental drill.
Receding gums left untreated will result in significant loss of critical bone mass and structure. Thereby gum recession cause tooth loss with little hope of regaining healthy teeth. In significant cases, the bone loss can prevent the proper fitting of dentures.