gum diseaseNewsWhy Are My Gums - AL-Fa Perio


Receding gums can lead to tooth decay, infection or tooth loss. This is because when gums recede, it draws back from your teeth and exposes the sensitive roots.

There are several reasons why your gums might be receding. There are some things you can do to control it but other factors are out of your control.



 Gum Biology

Your gums, like the rest of your body, can be worn down over time simply by the ageing process. Even if it never recedes to a level that may cause you concern, the likelihood is that it is still gradually receding.

Likewise, you can’t do anything to change your genetics. It may be that you are more susceptible to receding gums because your parents are too.

Do you get receding gums from brushing too hard?

It is important to brush and floss regularly to ensure good oral health but doing it too vigorously can have a negative effect by wearing away the enamel which causes gums to recede.

It is important to brush, rather than scrub your teeth. If you brush your teeth in a way that causes you any discomfort, it may be a sign that you are brushing too hard. See periodisease.

 Poor oral health

Like most problems regarding teeth and gums, poor oral health is a major factor which can dramatically increase the rate at which your gums recede.

Not brushing enough or brushing thoroughly enough can lead to a build-up of plaque and bacteria. If this isn’t dealt with, you may develop gum disease which will speed up the process of gum recession.

If you already suffer from gum disease, we can provide treatment to cure it and reduce gum recession as a result.

Smoking can also increase the rate of gum recession.

Your teeth

Even if you keep your teeth in good health, there are still issues with your teeth that can lead to your gums receding at a quicker rate. If you have suffered an injury that affected a single tooth or a number of teeth, this could be a cause of gum recession.

Crooked teeth can cause a misaligned bite which often puts a lot of pressure on your bone and gums when you bite down, the added force it creates is likely to make your gums recede.

The same effect is created when you grind or clench your teeth which places too much force on your gums.

How to tell if your gums are receding?

Unlike some common dental issues which take time to make themselves known, receding gums are pretty identifiable straight away. Because receding gums are visible when you smile, it’s a good idea to examine your teeth and gums regularly whilst brushing. This way, you’ll notice changes quickly, and be able to seek the necessary treatments before they have a chance to progress.

When your gums recede, more of your tooth is exposed, so if you’ve noticed that more tooth is visible than before, then it’s probably because your gums have receded. It’s also worth keeping an eye out for lines or notches at the top of your tooth where the gum line used to be, as this is another clear indication that your gums have receded.

How to cure receding gums

Although receding gums aren’t reversible, there are plenty of options to treat receding gums and other effects of gum disease. There is a range of surgical and non-surgical treatment options out there that can help to restore your smile back to its former healthy state.
If you’re wondering how to cure receding gums, then speak with your dental specialist. Here at Al-Fa Perio, we specialise in Receding Gum Treatment, which has a whole range of benefits, including:

  • Prevent further gum recession
  • Reduction in tooth sensitivity
  • Protection of the tooth’s roots
  • Improvement of gum appearance
  • Increased health of teeth and gums
  • No risk of gum damage

If you’d like to find out more about this specialist treatment, be sure to get in touch with our team who’d be happy to talk through it in more detail. Or, you can read our dedicated blog post that answers the question “can you fix receding gums?

How to prevent receding gums

Receding gums in London is an incredibly common issue that many of our patients face, but there are things you can do to try and prevent this from occurring in the first place.
The good news is, these preventative measures are a lot simpler than you might assume, and include:

  • Keeping up with regular routine dental check-ups
  • Maintaining a good oral healthcare routine, including brushing twice a day, flossing and using the best kind of toothpaste for your teeth
  • Using mouthwash

Although there’s always a risk of receding gums occurring, taking the above measures will give you the best fighting chance of avoiding it. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the best oral healthcare products to opt for.

At Al-Faperio We can replace any failing teeth, such as crooked teeth, with dental implants which can straighten your bite ensuring you don’t apply too much force to your gums. It has the added benefit of offering better protection against bacterial infection that could cause gums to recede. See why use Al Faperio.