Gum recession: your ultimate guide

Our clinical team of dentists and hygienists share everything you need to know about gum recession. Read on.
While our teeth get the most love because they are often the first thing we notice in a smile, our gums play an important role in our smiles and health. Gum recession is a sign that your gums could use a little TLC. In this guide we'll touch on everything you need to know, from what causes gum recession, to the right tools you need at home to keep those gums pretty and pink.

We care about your gums because 30% of American adults currently experience gum recession.

"Gums are essential not just for your oral health, but for your overall health," explains Dr. Kevin Walker, DDS. "Your gums help you have a smile that looks great, and feels great. It's critical for supporting the overall structure of your smile. When disease-causing bacteria get trapped in and around your gum line, gingivitis and gum disease can happen far too quickly." And gum disease (aka periodontitis) is linked to many health conditions including diabetes and heart disease.

That's why we created this guide on gum recession and what to do about it. Whether you've been concerned about gum recession for years or just found out that the pockets around your gum line have gotten a little deeper, we created this guide for you.‍

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How to stop receding gums from getting worse‍

Do you feel like your teeth are looking "longer?" Or are your teeth feeling sensitive around your gum line? Those are signs that your gums are receding. When your gums pull back from your enamel, it exposes more of your tooth and eventually the root. While it may not cause pain right away, it's important to stop gum recession ASAP. That's why you're here πŸ‘.

In this post we dive into the factors that cause gum recession, discuss what happens to gums after they recede, and what you can do to keep your gums healthy from home. Read more πŸ“–.‍

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Braces and receding gums‍

Braces are an investment in your smile. There's nothing quite like getting your braces off. It's an exciting reveal to see how your smile transformed during the months (or years) you've spent with braces. That's why it's important to keep an eye on your gums during and after braces to make sure you protect that investment and enjoy your smile for years to come.Β 

In this post we'll cover how braces can affect your gums, what swollen gums mean during your time in braces, and the best approach to cleaning your teeth during braces as well as after the hardware comes off. Read more πŸ“–.‍

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"Receding gums" toothpaste, does it work?‍

If you're concerned about receding gums, you probably noticed there is no shortage of dental care products (especially toothpastes) at your pharmacy marketed as "gum healthy." So what's the deal, do these things really work to help your receding gums from home? In this piece our clinical team looks at the "best toothpaste" for receding gums and unpacks what's going on inside the tube. We also give it to you straight what you can do from home to protect your gums and address any gum recession. Read more πŸ“–. ‍

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Receding gums and gingivoplasty: Can it bring your gum line back?‍

Many people are dissatisfied with their hairline or their waistline. We also hear from patients who are concerned about their gum line. Patients might be worried about a receding gum line, or feel their smile is too "gummy." Many ask if a gingivoplasty, a procedure used to reshape gum lines, is right for them. We'll lay out everything you need to know about gingivoplasty (and other procedures) and help you determine if it's a procedure that might make sense for you. Read more πŸ“–.‍

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Got gum recession questions?‍

Let us know if you have other questions about gum recession or gum health! You can drop your question in the chat anytime - our clinical team is excited to hear what you want to know and develop more resources that will be useful to you.

Gum health is one of the top concerns with our members and we enjoy helping them keep their gums as healthy as possible from home. If gum health is a priority for you, get your at-home starter kit, part of your 30-day free trial, and connect 1:1 with your virtual hygienist to discuss the right at-home routine and products to improve your gum health.Β 

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