A Positive Answer to the Question “Can Receding Gums Grow Back?”

If every time you look in the mirror you wonder what you can do about receding gums, there is bad news and there is good news. The bad news is that gum recession is a sign of long-untreated gingivitis, and many people need surgery to stop the progression of gum disease.

The good news is that, if you don’t need surgery, it is relatively simple to get your teeth back to their normal, healthy appearance.

bacteriumWhat causes receding gums? Bacteria form tight, tiny colonies known as plaque on the surfaces of teeth. When plaques from at or below the gum line, the resulting inflammation can cause the gums to slowly separate from the teeth. The less gum tissue that is attached to the tooth, the longer it appears. If you have genuinely receding gums, chances are that the root of the tooth will look yellow, not white.

How can you cover up receding gums? Traditionally, the dentist drills a tiny hole in the tooth and uses the hole to attach an enamel veneer. There is also a procedure in which the dentist activates a glue with ultraviolet light or laser, attaching a protective coating to exposed root of the tooth. This prevents tooth decay, and covers up the yellow root of the tooth.

What can you do to keep the veneer on the tooth? The single most important thing everyone who has receding gums absolutely, positively has to remember is:

Don’t brush too hard.

Once you have a veneer on a tooth, brushing too hard, or flossing too hard, can break it off the tooth, making a bad situation worse.

What about sesame oil, oil of cloves, thymol, and coenzyme Q10? All of the supplements have important uses in general health, but they won’t grow back your gums. Only attachment of a graft to your gums by an oral surgeon has a chance of reversing the damage caused by receding gums.

So, if you don’t want ever to have to have a gum graft or a veneer put on your tooth due to a receding gum line, take care of gingivitis at the first signs of the disease. Brushing after every meal, flossing every day, and seeing your dentist at least twice a year are the foundation of avoiding receding gums.