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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Is it normal for the part of tooth present under the gums usually to be visible outside during orthodontic treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, My son has been having orthodontic treatment (upper and lower braces) for approximately 2.5 years. He is almost 16 years old now. For the last year, at least one of his bottom incisors has been lifting up and has caused a bump, and a part of the tooth that is usually below the gum line is...  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The bump that you see is the root portion of the tooth that is at a greater angle in relation to other teeth. Along with that, the gums will be inflamed and slightly receded. It is common to see this during treatment. It happens when teeth are irregularly placed, to beg...  Read Full »

Why am I not able to get rid of bad breath even though I brush every day?

Query: Hi doctor,I have plaque deposits on my teeth and gums. My gums bleed often, and they are receding. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have viewed your image (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and it is calculus deposits over your gums. It occurs when the plaque is not removed properly with brushing, and it starts becoming hard due to calcium deposits over it. It accumulates more and mo...  Read Full »

My gums are bleeding with some change in the shape. Will my gums take the original shape?

Query: Hello doctor,I have bleeding gums for a year or so, and it usually happens after I brush my teeth. I find a slight change in the shape of my gums. I have been taking extra oral care. Is there anything I could do to stop my gums from bleeding? And if the bleeding stops permanently, will my gums take ...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth Laxminarayan Iyer

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The most common cause of bleeding gums is plaque and calculus deposition on teeth and gums (due to improper maintenance of oral hygiene). Only brushing and mouthwashing at home may not work since it is a little advanced stage and demands professional help (teeth clea...  Read Full »

I have a mild gum recession in the molars. Is this something to worry about?

Query: Hi doctor, I do not have any problems with teeth, and tooth sensitivity is not something I suffer from, but my molars have a little gum recession. It may be because of my wisdom teeth which I took out a couple of years ago. Do I have anything to worry about this mild recession? I brush with an elec...  Read Full »


Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through the reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). There is a recession problem, and if this is not taken seriously, it can result in tooth and bone loss. I advise you; 1. Stop electric brush if you are not handicapped and if you ...  Read Full »

Would braces close wide gap between front teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a wide gap between front teeth due to short upper and lower frenulums, which were removed nine years back. I was also treated for periodontal disease as a result of these gaps. Now I have recessions (pockets), the exposed root of that front tooth that is deviated. Do I need surger...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to get root canal treatment for the upper and lower central teeth and then place a fixed partial denture (FPD ceramic crowns) on them to close the space. This will give a permanent solution to your problem. It will provide you with a much better esthetic soluti...  Read Full »

How to get rid of bleeding gums with bad breath?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old male, who weighs 60 kg and I am 5.8 feet tall. I am facing problems like bleeding gum, bad breath, and also my gums are getting separated from the teeth. What should I do? My gums bleed on brushing, so I tried using lemon for it.  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The problems you are suffering from are common among people, but you need to know the reason behind it. Bleeding gums are due to wrong brushing techniques or you are not maintaining oral hygiene properly and there is some food lodgement. For this, visit a dentist and ...  Read Full »

Two of my teeth remain wobbly after having receding gums. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I have receding gums, and they are sore as well. Two of the teeth are wobbly, and I am terrified they are going to fall out. I am only 19 years old. I brush and floss my teeth twice a day. I used to smoke. Since I have noticed my teeth issue, I quit smoking. Please help me. I am desperat...  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your complaint, it looks like you have deep gum infection and it is causing loss of attachment of teeth to gums making them loose. As you are a smoker, it causes the gum health to deter even faster. When there is a recession, only home remedies will not be sufficie...  Read Full »

Will severe acid reflux turn my teeth translucent with receding gums?

Query: Hi doctor, Lately, I noticed that my teeth are not the best looking. I had acid reflux. I looked up a lot of stuff about acid in the mouth, and looking at my teeth I think this is what is happening. My teeth started turning translucent two weeks ago. When I looked it up, it said that it could occur...  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms that you have explained are right. If you have acid reflux problem and in your case, it looks like there is too much of acid refluxing in your mouth from the stomach. This acid can erode your teeth making the enamel thin due to loss of minerals. I have common...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old female. I have numbness behind my lower front two tooth with a toothache. It seems to be receding. I have this issue for two or three days. I have tried using Hydrogen peroxide with mouthwash. I scrubbed inside my tooth using it. I believe that it occurred due to poor ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly upload an image to see the condition of your tooth. For now, use Betadine mouthwash for gargling. You can take tablet Metrogyl ER (Metronidazole) one tablet twice daily for five days. Use Rexidine M forte gel for gum massage. Do not use Hydrogen peroxide. Ora...  Read Full »

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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

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