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A 34-year-old member asked:

what could cause swollen receding gums?

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Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry 42 years experience
Bactrial infection: If the bacteria is not removed regularly it can penetrate under the gums and cause deep pockets, the bacteria will attack the bone and will cause bone infection and the gums loose their support, as the pockets get deeper, the infection can cause recession and swelling of the gums as well. It is important to have a good oral hugiene and pregular dental visits for gum and teeth maintenance.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for receding gums?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dennis Kelley
Dentistry 40 years experience
See your dentist: If the gums are just slightly receding having a thorough cleaning and scaling of your teeth will help. If the recession is severe you need to see a periodontist which is a specialist who treats gum disease.
A male asked:

My dentist says my gums have receded. What can I do to either restore them or stop the recession? #nqlu a lot of my gums are a "3" apparently.

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Your : Your gums may have receded from a number of different factors. Poor oral hygiene at home, lack of routine professional care, grinding, and poor margins on retorations or cavities are some of the many reasons you may have a problem. Brushing very hard with a hard toothbrush may also traumatize you gums to cause them to receded. So the first order of business is to have any calculus removed and allow the gums to start healing. Secondly, determine the causes and address them. Finally, it may be necessary to treat the "pockets" more agressively (with surgery) to reduce them. Pockets around your teeth that are 3-4+ mm deep are very difficult to keep clean at home, and will perpetuate your problem. Exaclty what treatment you need will depend on exact situation in your mouth and the treatment your dentist deems best for you. You cannot get the crest of the bone to grow back. You can only hope to arrest the progression and put your mouth back into a health state. Once that is done and you maintain your oral health, there is a very good chance that the periodontal disease will be resolved.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can orthodontists help with receding gums?

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Dr. Pavanjit Chhabra
Dentistry 19 years experience
Not really: It is better to see a periodontist ( a gum specialist).
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Sometimes the best solution is a collaborative one, where the Orthodontist and the Periodontist work hand-in-hand to resolve your problem.
Nov 16, 2020
A 39-year-old member asked:

Does brushing too hard lead to receding gums?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: Brushing too hard will irritate the fragile tissue around the teeth, causing the gum and bone to shrink away.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What should I do about receding gums and cavities?

3 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
See a dentist: A dentist will be able to see the extent of your problem(s), and devise a treatment plan to help you restore your mouth.

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