Receding Gums

When your gums move down from the tooth surface, exposing the surface of the tooth root, it is called receding gums. It is a type of periodontal disease, which results from untreated infection and inflammation of the gums. Some of the other conditions that can result in receding gums are tartar formation, smoking, diabetes, HIV, hormonal changes in women, and improper brushing techniques.

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What are the causes of throbbing tooth pain?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I have been under tremendous amounts of stress and following that, I have started to notice my bottom front tooth has started to feel slightly abnormal. It sits further back from the rest. Recently, it feels like something has trapped between the teeth and throbs now and then. T...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The dentist removes only the calculus deposits, which are highly infectious and cause recession of gums in front teeth. He cannot remove enamel of any tooth while deep cleaning. You should maintain your gum hygiene by using a mild mouthwash or warm salt water gargle thric...  Read Full »

Why are my gums numb and receding behind the two front teeth?

Query: Gender: Female Age: 19 Weight: 320 Problem: Gum/Mouth problems Symptoms: Numbness behind my two front teeth, aches, receding. I had this problem for 2 or 3 days. my gums are numb and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do. I have tried using Hydrogen peroxide and Mouthwash and scrubbed inside m...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to ICLINIQ. This is your Dentist - I went through your query . As a Specialist I would like to help . But for that reason I would like to see whats actually causing you the inconvenience . I can understand how painful and uncomfortable its been . Donot worry I will help it ease....  Read Full »

Is graft necessary for gum recession?

Query: Hi doctor, I have gum recession due to bruxism and aggressive brushing. None of my gum measurements are over 3. Should I get a gum graft now or should I wait?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is better get gum graft now (gingival graft). Also, it will be better if you get a mouthguard for bruxism and wear them permanently except while eating. For further doubts consult a periodontist online -->   Read Full »

Will dental aligners cause white contour around the gingiva?

Query: Hello doctor, I currently have aligners on and since I started the treatment I noticed a little white contour around my gums lower teeth, they lift a little bit. Is it something to be alarmed about?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No, your gums are absolutely fine and nothing to be alarmed for. They are minor issues due to the realignment of the contour of your gums. Do continue to use aligner. When you remove your aligner please apply Rexidine M forte gel (if you feel any discomfort). It i...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for wobbling teeth and receding gums?

Query: Hello doctor, I have worn braces for four years and finished my orthodontic treatment before five years. I am 20 years old. Since then my teeth have been healthy but I have been suffering from an eating disorder for three years and I am still in recovery. Two months ago one of my top central inciso...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajalakshmi R


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Nothing to panic as such. Your gums need complete scaling (cleaning) but due to COVID-19, you cannot have now. If the gums are swollen, you will definitely have a wobble feel. Do enforce brushing twice daily with normal paste and medium toothbrush. Use Betadine gargle...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for gum disease with receding gums and bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the dentist recently and they told me I have gum disease and receding gums but there is no damage to my teeth or bone so I just have to improve my brushing. Since then I have taken their advice but my gums still bleed, my whole mouth is sensitive and I have noticed my teeth ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, I can make out from x-ray and picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is gum disease for obvious. Your lower front teeth have grown gingival inflammation better called gingivitis. Gingivitis needs to be treated by a procedure called gingivecto...  Read Full »

Esophageal hernia is causing gum recession. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 49-year-old female. I weigh about 62 kg and my height is 168 cm. I have a long time problem with receding gums on all my teeth. The teeth are quite tight also. I have also had esophagus hernia for many years and the stomach does not close properly and this makes it so that I fe...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I checked your query and attached files. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can totally understand the situation you are going through. The best part is you know the root cause is stomach issue, you are doing best and accurate already to keep the pH ma...  Read Full »

What causes black cracks in teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, While looking at my teeth the other day, I noticed what looked like cracks in my molar teeth  (2nd from the back) on either side. Recently, I went to the dentist for a cleaning and also was complaining about sensitive teeth to both hot and cold. On both these teeth, I have a bit of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi


Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all thank God that you met a good endodontist who diagnosed the right problem. Secondly, through all your case history it is evident that you are having a chronic habit of clenching your jaws that is called 'bruxism' in medical terms. What happens in it is, due t...  Read Full »

What is the cause of pain in the gums?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having pain below two of my front teeth in the gum area. I feel the pain even when I press my tongue in the back of the same teeth. The gum is also hurting bad. On the outside of my face, I can not touch over that spot as it is very painful.  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Dentist, Orthodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Pain in gums indicate a site of infection or abscess. When did the pain start? Is it felt only on touching? Is it continuous or throbbing? Is there any swelling or redness in the area? Is it localized in one area or spread out? Is there pus or fluid felt on touchin...  Read Full »

Why is bone exposed in my gums?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a swollen, bleeding and receding gums. I tried Corsodyl mouthwash, but I want more advice. I am dreading going to the dentist. I really do not want to lose my tooth. The top bone area is currently exposed. I really need help, please.  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Arora

Dentist, Oral Implantologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sore, swollen and receding gums with bleeding seem to be most probably due to an active gum infection that is causing a loss of attachment from the gum and underlying bone, making the teeth loose. This condition is called periodontitis. Using only a mouth wash will not...  Read Full »

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