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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I have a broken tooth with no pain and with receding gums.Is there a way to treat at home?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a broken tooth, and the gum seems to be receding. It has not come off yet, but it is very close to falling off. I have no pain, discolorations, bumps, or spots anywhere in my mouth. I cannot afford to go to the dentist, as my dad is the only one who works to support the family. It ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your question, and I can understand your concern. The tooth is grossly decayed and can only be treated by root canal treatment, a costly procedure. As of now no treatment is required at home because the tooth is not hurting you. To prevent further infe...  Read Full »

Am I having temporary pain or just sensitivity in my upper front teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, My front upper right tooth spontaneously became extremely sensitive to heat yesterday while drinking hot liquid in the middle of the day. Shortly after, it became painful, primarily when touched or biting. I can also feel some throbbing from the root or gum. Today it is still painful. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Srinivas Saketh. G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The sensitivity could be due to tooth abrasion. But pain indicates a pulpal or a periodontal pathology (pain due to decay tooth or problem with the gums involving the tooth). An X-ray could probably be of good help in such a situation. Maybe, you had a hit to the tooth ...  Read Full »

After getting my teeth cleaned, why do I still have inflammation?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a teeth cleaning done, but the inflammation is still there. The dentist said that I need to get treated for a receding gum line through surgery. She said it was due to brushing¬†hard and asked me to switch to a soft bristle toothbrush and sensodyne toothpaste. I am also awaiting ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Use warm saline gargling daily at least 2 or 3 times, for two weeks. This will help in reducing the inflammation and help in preventing further recession of gum line. Also if you can get Betadine gargle for rinsing then it would be much better, this would be of great h...  Read Full »

I have receding gum, only under one tooth, with no pain. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have receding gum, only under one tooth, with no pain. However, none of the other teeth next to it have any recession of the gum. Is this something I should be concerned about, specifically the tooth becoming loose?  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Receding of gums can be due to poor oral hygiene, calculus formation, and trauma. But I need to know more about the status of your oral cavity, whether single tooth or more than one is affected, and the level of hygiene. It is a problem and c...  Read Full »

Should I be concerned about the redness and inflammation in my lower gums and long-appearing teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have noticed redness and inflammation of the gums in my lower teeth. I also saw my teeth appear longer, with triangular-shaped, tiny gums between the lower teeth. Is it something to worry about? Please help  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Your teeth appear normal except for the redness (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is either due to food lodgement or harsh brushing technique. If you do forceful brushing, then I suggest yo...  Read Full »

I have receding gums due to excessive and careless brushing. How to treat the problem without surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, My gums have been receding gradually because of excessive and careless brushing. Please suggest the best solution to tackle this problem without surgery. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Excessive and careless brushing causes loss of tooth structure (enamel) along with gum recession. Is there any sensitivity or pain while consuming hot or cold foods? How many teeth have receded gums? The treatment of gum recession depends on the number of teeth invo...  Read Full »

What could be the cause for my receding gums for a single tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, This afternoon I noticed some pretty severe gum recession on my left lower cuspid (approximately 5 mm). As far as I can tell, it is the only tooth with any signs of gum recession, and I think it might be due to crowding (my lateral incisor and first bicuspid are slightly behind and might ...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is okay. You do not need to rush to the dentist. The clinical scenario of teeth that you told indicates that most probably this gum recession is caused by yourself. You brush like giving a slight high power stroke on right and left bicuspids and then with normal forc...  Read Full »

Is it a good idea to have filling material applied to receding gumline?

Query: Hello doctor, Is having a filling material applied to the gumline where it is receding a good solution? What are the risks with such a procedure? I have receding gums on three upper teeth and three lower teeth on the left. I have no pain or problems. I have all my teeth and they are generally health...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your medical history and the present complaint as well. First of all, I would like you to know that receding gums is such a normal thing to happen especially at your age. You have also mentioned that there is no pain or decay in those teeth you poin...  Read Full »

My gums have started receding. What natural remedies can I use for gum regrowth?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 24 years old. My gums have started receding. Are there any natural remedies available? Is it a serious issue? Is regrowth of gums possible? Please guide me.  Read Full »

Dr. Amir Shafi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Gum regrowth is possible. You need to go for gum surgeries or flap surgeries. The attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) indicate the formation of calculus near your gums. I suggest you go for oral prophylaxis (scaling and root planin...  Read Full »

Have my gums receded because of placing smokeless tobacco in the same spot for years?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old male. I have used smokeless tobacco called Swedish Snus for going on four years now, always in the same spot. My gums have severely receded in this area. I am otherwise healthy. I recently made an appointment with a periodontist, but I am terrified I may have gum can...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed the images posted (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have to change your brushing technique as soon as possible. Brush in an up-and-down motion without putting too much pressure on the teeth and gums. The recession is not any canc...  Read Full »

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