Heathwood Dental Practice, Crowthorne, Berkshire. Tel. 01344 776933

Gum recession

Gum recession is seen when the gum of a tooth moves down it, and can affect any number of teeth. As a result, the neck of the tooth is exposed, making it appear longer. It is most commonly caused by overaggressive brushing with a manual toothbrush, often in a horizontal forward and backward, or vertical up and down scrubbing action.
Recession may also be caused by bone loss around the teeth (see
periodontal disease) due to inadequate cleaning; this can be associated with an accumulation of tartar pushing the gum. Some tongue or lip studs can also cause recession. Abrasion and gum recession are often seen together.

Treatment of gum recession is often straightforward, and we will be able to suggest, in conjunction of advice from our team of hygienists, techniques for a more gentle brushing regime at home which are both effective and reduce the risk of further damage. Our hygiene team will also be able to remove any deposits of tartar and bacterial plaque that may be compromising the health of your gums.

Although gum recession is irreversible, some treatments are available from specialists to try and reverse some of the damage. We will be able to arrange for you be seen an appropriate specialist if this is the case.