Q. What is the best treatment available for gum recession?

Answered by
Dr. Akhil K P
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 06, 2019

Hello doctor,

Recently, I noticed a visible gum recession. Ignore black triangles. Got it after orthodontist told me that is due to my nature of teeth shape. I had braces two years ago. I realized the recession when flossing and brushing my teeth. I am wondering if I have overflossed and hurt my gums because it bleeds sometimes too and worried if it is gingivitis. Does mouth wash help? I am considering getting it.



Welcome to

Gum recession is caused due to multiple reasons and one of them is gingivitis or periodontitis. The amount of recession as I see in your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is very less and you need not to worry about it at all unless you experience sensitivity issues. There is no sign of any inflammation or infection in your gums and that is not the cause for recession.

The probable cause for this in your case is a faulty tooth brushing which causes constant trauma to the teeth and gums. Applying excessive pressure on your toothbrush while brushing is the most common reason as people usually think this will make the teeth whiter but in fact, it only causes more harm. Following proper tooth brushing techniques will prevent further recession.

Black triangles are caused usually due to deposits in the interdental areas. You can visit a periodontist to get this treated. We have a few options such as laser therapy for papilla regeneration and a few other minor surgical procedures to regrow the lost gums in between the tooth. To correct gum recession also you may ask the periodontist for the treatment options. They are commonly gum grafts, coronally advanced flap therapy, etc., which will bring you back your esthetics. These procedures are not majorly invasive and need not hesitate to get it done. However, if it does not cause you any trouble you need not get any procedures done other than regular scaling and maintaining hygiene. Also, remember to use only a soft toothbrush as hard bristles can cause more trauma and result in a further recession.

Was this answer helpful?


Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Related Questions:
Good and Bad Regarding Orthodontic Treatment

Presently we are witnessing numerous patients who after completing the treatment complain of periodontitis (gum problem in which loosening of teeth occurs), spacing between teeth, non-vital ...   Read full

Why is there sensitivity in the teeth where caps were placed?

.. gone through your question. I can understand your concern about your mother. The history started after ten days that means there will be something wrong with the prosthesis (bridge). I think there must be chipping off of the sealant (the material...   Read full

Why is Chlorhexidine mouthwash used only twice daily?

Hello doctor, Why is Chlorhexidine mouthwash used only twice and not thrice daily ... Chlorhexidine mouthwash is only used twice daily ...   Read full


Also Read Answers From:

ideaComprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read

Management of Coronasomnia
Coronasomnia refers to increased sleep problems among people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the below article to get...  Read more»
Balantidiasis - Causes, Signs and Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Balantidiasis is a rare bacterial infection caused by a parasite called Balantidium coli. Read the article below to know...  Read more»
JAK Inhibitors in Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Doctors mainly suggest JAK or Janus kinase inhibitors for patients with rheumatoid arthritis to ease their symptoms. Rea...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a Dentist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.