Are My Gums Receding?

 In Dental Hygiene, General Dentistry, Health, Restorative

Have you been looking in the mirror and noticed something off about your gums? You wouldn’t be the first or only one. If you notice your gums pushing away from your teeth, it might be time to consult a dentist. Here’s how to tell if your gums are receding and what you can do about it.

What Is Gum Recession?

Gums are the pink part of your mouth that connects your teeth to the rest of your mouth. Your gums serve an important purpose. They protect the inner layers of your teeth including nerves and much more. Gum recession is when the gum starts moving away from your tooth, exposing the interworking of your teeth. You might feel a variety of different things when this starts happening. It is important to look for symptoms so you know when to talk to your dentist.


It is possible you might not be aware that something is wrong with your gums. It might not be noticeable until you start to feel symptoms. Here are the common things people feel when their gums start to recede.

  1. Change in appearance
  2. Larger space between tooth and gum
  3. Nerve exposure
  4. Sensitivity to hot and cold temperature
  5. Gumline pain
  6. Bad breath
  7. Bleeding
  8. Loose teeth

What Now?

Now that you know what you are looking for, it’s time to discuss treatment options. The good thing about this is the earlier you catch it, the faster healing will be! Treatment will depend on the severity and cause of gum recession. There are a few different options that your dentist can choose from to treat your issue! Here are a few below.

  1. Medication
  2. Scaling
  3. Root Planing
  4. Gum graft surgery


It is critical to take care of your teeth to avoid dental issues like gum recession. Maintaining daily oral care is one key to avoiding future issues. Make sure to brush your teeth twice daily and floss once daily. You can use mouthwash to help with bad breath as well. Make sure to visit your dentist at least once a year for a check-up. This allows your dentist to track your dental history and watch closely if any issues arise.

For more information on gum recession, visit South Holston Dental Designs online here. At South Holston, we provide individualized treatment based on our patients’ wants and needs. To schedule an appointment or learn more, contact us today at (276) 466-9800.

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