Gums help to hold your teeth in place. When they recede, tooth roots become exposed causing pain, sensitivity, loose teeth.

Main points:

– Bacteria can cause gum disease; treatment involves deep cleaning by the dentist.

– Aggressive brushing and flossing damages gums so use a soft toothbrush and floss gently.

– Genetics, teeth-grinding or misaligned teeth can contribute to gum problems but there are treatment options.

Seek treatment if you experience, pain, redness or bleeding of the gums or your teeth appear to look longer.

“Regardless of what’s causing your receding gums, your dentist can help.”


Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.