What is Gum Recession?

Posted by Dr. Ronald F. Jacob on Dec 28 2018, 01:38 AM

Gum recession is a type of condition on which the teeth’s roots become exposed as the result of loss of gum tissue. This is a very common oral health concern, not only in adults, because even teenagers are prone to gum recession as well. Once gums recede, pockets or gaps form in between the teeth and the gum line. It is where a bacterial buildup takes place which can then lead to severe complications in a person’s oral health. If left untreated, gum recession can cause tooth loss.


Unfortunately, gum recession is not reversible. It means that receding gum tissue will no longer grow back. But, there are still things you can do to ensure that the problem will not get worse.

The method of treatment often depends on the specific cause of gum issues. If the cause is poor dental hygiene or hard brushing, you can discuss with Dr. Jacob changes to make in your flossing and brushing behaviors. The use of a good mouth rinse every day can also help in getting rid of the plaque that forms between teeth. Dental picks or other types of interdental cleaner will be able to help as well in cleaning those difficult to reach spots.

A mild case of gum recession can increase the risks of having bacteria accumulating in the pockets surrounding the affected area. It is also possible that gum disease will develop faster where other diseases of the gum exist. But, a mild gum recession will not necessarily make your mouth more prone to gum disease.

There might also be a need to undergo the occasional deep cleaning treatments known as scaling and root planing for treatment of gum recession. In the process of scaling and root planing, the dentist will remove the plaque and tartar from the roots and surface of the teeth.

As for a serious case of gum recession, a procedure known as gum grafting will help in the restoration of any gum tissue lost. The process involves removing gum tissue from another part of the gum and attaching or grafting this to the area that lost the gum tissue surrounding a tooth. After the area heals, this can protected the exposed root of the tooth and restore a look that is more natural.


A healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent gum recession. This includes quitting smoking, including smokeless tobacco, and eating a properly balanced diet.

You should also visit your dentist twice every year, even when you feel like you are taking good care of your gums and teeth. If gum recession is spotted early on, either by you or your dentist, the higher the chances that you can keep things from turning worse.

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