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Receding gums please help!

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Posted by: peterpanfan  (9 years ago)

Hello! I take good care of my teeth; I brush and floss twice a day and rinse once a day. I go to the dentist for a routine dental check up every six months. Last year, during my dental cleaning, the dentist told me I had some 4-5mm gum pockets. I had no gum bleeding or any problems with my gums at that time.

A week later, I had a deep cleaning done. Since then, I became more conscious with my oral hygiene practices. However, my gums have become extremely sensitive and sore. They also bleed easily especially when I brush and floss. They seem to recede at a rapid pace. Is there something I can do to stop further gum degradation? I think I am having sensitivity due to exposed tooth roots. I look forward to hearing some of your suggestions. Many thanks.
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Hello! I take good care of my teeth; I brush and floss twice a day and rinse once a day. I go to the dentist for a routine dental check up every six months. Last year, during my dental cleaning, the dentist told me I had some 4-5mm gum pockets. I had no gum bleeding or any problems with my gums at that time.

A week later, I had a deep cleaning done. Since then, I became more conscious with my oral hygiene practices. However, my gums have become extremely sensitive and sore. They also bleed easily especially when I brush and floss. They seem to recede at a rapid pace. Is there something I can do to stop further gum degradation? I think I am having sensitivity due to exposed tooth roots. I look forward to hearing some of your suggestions. Many thanks.


Some people have almost no bone over their roots, and very thin and fragile gums. These people are prone to recession. You could have a connective tissue graft or free gingival graft done in areas to reverse or arrest the recession.

Besides that, do not over-brush, and control forces of tooth grinding by a night guard if indicated.

Kim Henry, D.M.D.
Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)

Hello! I take good care of my teeth; I brush and floss twice a day and rinse once a day. I go to the dentist for a routine dental check up every six months. Last year, during my dental cleaning, the dentist told me I had some 4-5mm gum pockets. I had no gum bleeding or any problems with my gums at that time.

A week later, I had a deep cleaning done. Since then, I became more conscious with my oral hygiene practices. However, my gums have become extremely sensitive and sore. They also bleed easily especially when I brush and floss. They seem to recede at a rapid pace. Is there something I can do to stop further gum degradation? I think I am having sensitivity due to exposed tooth roots. I look forward to hearing some of your suggestions. Many thanks.


Hello. Your first best option would be to consult with a periodontist. Usually people get gingivitis which if untreated leads to periodontitis but in your case your had deep pockets which lead you to more recession. Periodontitis is a chronic inflammation that degrades the periodontal ligament apparatus which hold teeth and bone together in our jaws. Make sure to use soft bristles tooth brush and brush just from the gum level down no across or up and down. Use one stroke brushing it is called modified bass technique and there are some videos on youTube demonstrating the technique.
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