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What is gum recession and what causes it?

Dental gum recession is a condition that is defined by the gums pulling back from the tooth’s surface. The receding gums create pockets between the gums and the tooth, which allow harmful bacteria to build up. Gum recession also exposes more of the tooth’s root surface, making the surface area under the gums more vulnerable to the bacteria. The prolonged presence of harmful bacteria can lead to gum infections, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.

Some of the primary causes of gum recession are:


Periodontal disease caused by poor dental hygiene or genetic predisposition


Dry mouth caused by certain medications


Tooth brushing that’s too aggressive


Tobacco use


Teeth grinding or clenching


Chronic illnesses such as diabetes


Hormonal changes due to menstrual cycles or pregnancy

How do you know if your gums are receding?

The progression of dental gum recession is slow, so it often goes unnoticed until it has become a more serious problem. It’s important to get a diagnosis and start a treatment plan in the earliest stages possible, so watch for the onset of certain symptoms.

Common symptoms of gum recession include:


Bleeding gums post-brushing or flossing


Swollen or red gums


Pain or tenderness at the gum line


Tooth sensitivity


Foul breath


Gums that are visibly shrinking


A tooth that is visibly longer


Loose teeth


A notch or divot on the tooth near the gum line

The only way to know for sure if your gums are receding is to get a professional evaluation and diagnosis.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we’re here to help! At Brimfield Family Dentistry, we offer comprehensive periodontal care and treatments for gum recession. Call us today at (309) 320-8750 to schedule a consultation with a gum recession dentist.

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The atmosphere in the office is warm and welcoming. The doctor and staff genuinely care about you as an individual as well as the health of your teeth and gums.

– Ruth L.

Gum recession treatment?

The treatment plan for gum recession is based on how advanced the condition is in the patient. Our team of experts can treat even the most severe forms of gum recession.

Dental deep cleaning

For most cases of dental gum recession, the condition could be corrected by a deep cleaning session – also known as root planing or scaling. During this procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb the affected area. Then, tartar and plaque build-up are scraped away below the gum line. The treatment discourages further bacteria from sticking to the teeth and promotes healing in the infected gums that are receding.

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Gum Recession FAQs


What should I expect after gum recession treatment?

A dental deep cleaning will cause some discomfort after treatment. Gums could be swollen and sore, while teeth could be sensitive for a few days afterwards. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used for some relief.

How can I prevent gum recession?

The most effective method for preventing dental gum recession is to practice good oral hygiene so that periodontal disease is prevented. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings are necessary to keep your gums healthy.

Other factors that help strengthen and restore gums include:


  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Avoiding tobacco products

What are my payment options?

At Brimfield Family Dentistry, we believe everyone deserves high-quality care, regardless of their financial situation. We’re in-network with most major insurance providers and offer flexible payment plans with 0% interest. No insurance? That’s okay! We have an in-house membership plan for uninsured patients. Learn more about our payment options.

Only the best for you and your family

At Brimfield Family Dentistry, we consider it an honor to provide comprehensive, personalized dental care to you and your family. We prioritize long-term relationships with our patients and specialize in a wide range of general, surgical, and cosmetic dental procedures to ensure we can provide you with the care you need.

Your comfort is important to us. If you struggle with dental anxiety, we can work with you to make your visit with us as comfortable and manageable as possible, and we have sedation options for those who need it.

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Brimfield, IL 61517

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