Can Receding Gums Grow Back? The Answer Is No.

By the time you are looking in the mirror every morning and wondering what you can do about receding gums, you have a serious problem. If you don’t have to have extensive surgery to remove inflamed and infected gum tissue, a skilled oral surgeon may be able to protect your teeth by applying veneers and to rebuild your gums with grafts.

But you can save yourself up to a dozen trips to the dentist’s office and up to $25,000 simply by avoiding the all-too-common practices that result in receding gums. Here’s a list of the things you must not do if you do not want to become long in the tooth.

Brushing too hard. There was a time, in the 1950′s, when children were taught to use hard-bristle toothbrushes and told to brush hard. Millions of Baby Boomers have scratched enamel and receded gums as a result. Use a nylon brush, and brush your teeth, not your gums. Excessive tooth brushing is the most common cause of receding gums.

receding-gumsBraces that are not fit properly can tug on the gums, causing them to lift over the teeth. If food particles get caught in this area, then infection can make the recession of the gum line permanent. Your orthodontist should-but won’t always-catch this before it becomes a problem. A good sign that receding gums may be in your future is bad breath that brushing doesn’t stop when you are wearing braces on your teeth.

Bruxism, or grinding the teeth, especially at night, can cause receding gums, especially in the back teeth. Children sometimes grind their teeth that have just come in to make them feel straight. Adults usually grind their teeth when they are under emotional stress. Treating tooth grinding stops receding gums.

Tongue studs can injure the gums if the wearer chews the barbell used for the stud. The tongue stud can also bump up against the teeth and crack them, or get caught underneath crowns. Before you have a tongue stud inserted, make sure the provider of the stud can explain how it will affect your teeth. If they can’t, don’t get the tongue stud from them.

Tooth extractions raise the gum line where the tooth is removed. This puts pressure on the gums still around adjacent teeth.

Chewing tobacco and snuff irritate the gums where the tobacco is held in the mouth, and can cause receding gums (and other more serious problems).

Untreated gingivitis can destroy the ligaments that hold the gums to the teeth, exposing the yellow root of the tooth that is ordinarily obscured by the gum.

Once your gums have begun to recede, gum recession treatment is complicated. There are no nutrients, diets, or supplements that will make your gums grow back. Professional dental treatment is expensive, time-consuming, and not always effective. It’s far better to take care of your teeth-and your gums-by avoiding dental appliances and habits that are certain to damage your gums.