What You Need to Know about Receding Gums

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.”