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Have you noticed your gums pulling back from your teeth? This is called gum recession, and it happens when your oral tissues become irritated and leaving the tooth roots exposed. This can result in severe tooth sensitivity, along with a “gummy” smile and self-consciousness.

If your smile is currently experiencing gum recession in Center Line, Michigan, our periodontist, Dr. Jack Schwarcz, is happy to explain some of the things that might be causing it as well as what you can do to help your situation.

First, one of the most common causes of gum recession is an overly zealous approach to brushing. You might think that cleaning your teeth protects your teeth and gums, but if you brush aggressively you can harm the gums. To avoid contributing to gum recession, clean gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and along the gum line.

Next, did you know that excessive use of teeth whitening strips can damage the oral tissues? Over-the-counter whitening strips are particularly harmful to gum tissue as the whitening solution is very powerful. As the solution touches the gums, they can shrivel. If you have receding gums, please avoid using these whitening strips until your dentist can help you find a safer whitening alternative.

A third culprit for receding gums is gum disease itself. Did you know that receding gums are a leading indicator that you have gum disease? If your gums are regularly bleeding or swelling, and you have chronic bad breath, you likely have gum disease and need to seek treatment.

If you would like to schedule a visit with our periodontal team at Eastside Periodontics regarding your gum recession, we are here to help you in any way we can. Please call 586-757-5454 today, and get your healthy smile back on track!