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When the oral tissues in the mouth become irritated, they can pull back from the teeth and expose the tooth roots. Unfortunately, this condition, known as gum recession, results in severe tooth sensitivity, an unappealing or “gummy” smile, and possibly lowered self-esteem. 

If you are experiencing receding gums in Lawrenceville, Georgia, our periodontist, Dr. David E. Pearson, is here to explain some of the things that might be causing this condition as well as what you can do to help your situation.

#1 One common cause of gum recession is actually an overzealous oral hygiene routine. You would think that cleaning your smile protects your teeth and gums, but in reality, aggressive brushing can harm the gums and cause them to recede. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush when you clean your teeth and along the gum line. Brush thoroughly but gently and this will help. 

#2 Another cause of gum recession is the excessive use of teeth whitening strips. Purchasing over-the-counter whitening strips can damage the gums because the whitening solution is very powerful. Should this solution touch the gums, they shrivel away, causing gum recession. If you have gum recession, we recommend halting this treatment until you can speak with your dental professional about the best cosmetic dental treatment for your teeth.

#3 Another common culprit for receding gums is gum disease. Gum recession is a leading indicator that you have gum disease. If you find that your gums bleed and swell on a regular basis, coupled with chronic bad breath, please come in and let us take a look at your gums for treatment.

To learn more about receding gums, please remember that our periodontal team at David E. Pearson DMD PC is here to help you in any way we can. So, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by dialing 770.995.9051. We look forward to hearing from you!