Receding Gums: Causes & Treatment

woman covers her mouth to hide receding gums

Have you noticed that your gums look like they’re shrinking upwards? If so, then that means your gums are receding. Gum recession can be caused by a variety of issues and treatment options vary based on the root cause of the recession. Keep reading to learn more about gum recession and ways to stop it!

Rough Dental Hygiene

Most people brush their teeth too aggressively which, believe it or not, can actually cause gums to recede. If you think your brushing habits may be contributing to your gum recession, check to make sure you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you aren’t, switch to one right away. Next, use soft, circular motions when brushing and make sure to brush for the full two minutes. If you brush regularly and for the correct amount of time, plaque and food debris will come loose from the teeth without using a heavy hand.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

One of the most common reasons for gum recession is gum disease. Gum disease is an infection in the soft tissue caused by harmful bacteria. Gum disease is often the byproduct of poor oral hygiene. Deep cleanings and root planings are the best way to combat gum disease and gum recession. Deep cleanings completely remove any plaque and tartar buildup. They also disinfect any pockets that may have formed from the gum recession. After the cleaning is complete, a root planing helps recontour and stimulate the gums so they reattach to the teeth.


Gum thickness is part of genetics. Some people are born with thinner gums than others which makes them more susceptible to gum disease and recession. If you have thinner gums due to genetics, you must carefully monitor your oral health, brush and floss regularly, and attend biannual dental visits. The more on top of your oral health you are, the less likely you are to experience gum recession.

Gum Health at Michael Giovannini DDS, Inc.

Questions about gum recession? Our team at Michael Giovannini DDS, Inc. have a wide range of experience treating gum issues. If you’re looking for a high-quality dental office to treat your receding gums, we’d love to help. Please contact us to schedule your consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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