Receding Gums: Causes and What You Can Do About It

When someone is ‘long in the tooth’, that means that that person is getting older. This is the case because gums recede as humans age and mature. When this happens, it has the effect of making a person’s teeth look longer. Having receding gums is natural and inevitable. It is the way of life If there are any questions unanswered in this article, please get in touch with dentist Warrnambool directly.

Receding gums is pretty normal when someone is aging. However, it becomes a problem when a person is just in his or her 20s, 30s, or 40s and his or her gums are starting to disappear. It can make a person look mature beyond his or her age and can also make someone feel unattractive. This should not be the case. But why does this happen? How can one slow down the process?

What Causes Receding Gums?

1. Over Brushing One’s Teeth

This is the primary cause of prematurely receding gums. Most people brush their teeth too hard and they don’t even know it. In wanting to make good with our responsibility of having good oral hygiene, most of us often fail at being extra careful and aware of all our actions. When you brush your teeth too hard, you may do it so harmfully and full of pressure that you end up brushing your gums away. Apart from brushing your gum away, brushing your teeth too hard can also remove your teeth’s protective layer, its enamel. When your teeth’s enamel is removed you will become more prone to damages. 

But how does one even know if he or she is brushing too hard?

A telltale sign that you’re brushing your teeth way too hard is if one of its side is more worn than the other. This is the case because this side does not feel much pressure from your dominant hand that applies quite a heavy pressure.

Can you do something about it?

Yes! You can actually have a quick fix for that. What you could do is simply change the hand that you use for brushing. If you use your right hand in brushing, you should opt to use your left hand instead. You can also do the following:

  1. Use toothbrushes with soft bristles.
  2. Use an electric toothbrush.
  3. When brushing your teeth, use the force of your arm instead of that of your hand.

Always remember to brush your teeth in the most gentle way possible.  

2. Gum Infection

Receding gums can appear as a visible symptom of a gum infection. This is the case if you can see some discoloration on affected areas. This can be easily fixed with a mouthwash like Listerine or Corsodyl. Of course, it’s always best to consult your dentist if you’d encounter such a situation. Your dentist will be in the best position to give you the proper and best remedy for all your dental concerns. 

Bad Effects

You need not panic because it will take quite a while for you to lose so much gum that your teeth will be left with nothing to cling on. Losing your teeth will be far from happening if you have prematurely receding gums. It’s far from happening because your teeth has very strong roots. Your gums are also attached to both sides of your teeth, so this should not cause you any form of panic at all. However, you will be prone to experiencing the following unwanted effects if you have prematurely receding gums:

  1. Your gums will never heal in a way that you want it to. Gums do not have the ability to regenerate and return back to its normal state. Any damage that it will experience will leave it exposed and vulnerable to bad agents.
  2. You will be prone to infections.
  3. You will be prone to plaque build-up.
  4. Your roots can be exposed.
  5. You can be sensitive to cold and sweet foods and drinks.
  6. Your self-esteem and self-confidence may be affected.

What You Can Do About It?

But you need not lose hope as you can do something about it. Today’s dentists can easily evaluate your situation and recommend the proper treatment. Your dentist can do any of the following treatments:

  1. Fillings

Your dentist can treat you with fillings. A side filling that will be attached to the surface of your tooth will greatly help and prevent you from experiencing any of the bad effects of having prematurely receding gums.

  1. Experimental Procedures

Your dentist can also recommend that you undergo experimental procedures. Such procedures will involve the use of tissue from your mouth’s roof. Such tissue will be removed and placed on areas of your gums that are prematurely receding. This procedure is not yet widely used across the country.


Please do contact your dentist if you feel that you’re already suffering from prematurely receding gums. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Make it a point to observe the way that you practice your oral hygiene. Ensure that you always brush your teeth in the gentlest way possible. It’s best if you could invest in an electric toothbrush that would not require for you to apply unnecessary pressure to your teeth and your gums. You can also opt to use toothbrushes with soft bristles.

Always feel free to discuss your questions and concerns regarding receding gums with your dentist. He or she will always know the right way to make you feel at ease and can easily give you an honest evaluation to prevent you from having unnecessary panic. 



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