Published: 06/27/2016

Gum recession is the term used to describe when a patient’s gum tissue is pulling away from the teeth due to an inflammation. The gums help frame teeth in a smile, but when they pull back, the teeth look longer. This is not only a cosmetic problem because several health problems can also result from this dental issue.


There are a variety of reasons for why a person will have receding gums. Sometimes it is simply a result of genetics. Other times it is caused by outside habits. Some common explanations for why this recession has occurred include:

  • Experiencing a traumatic injury to the gum tissue
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth excessively
  • Aggressively brushing your teeth
  • Having teeth that are in abnormal positions
  • Having poor oral health habits in general


This oral health problem sounds like it would be easy to spot. However, gum tissue can begin to recede a little bit at a time so that you do not readily see it at first. Other symptoms to keep an eye on include:

  • Chronic halitosis
  • Pus forms around gums
  • Teeth feel looser than normal
  • Gums begin to bleed
  • Gums feel tender or swollen


The best treatment for your case of gum recession will really depend on how soon it is caught. If our dentist in Madison, WI catches it while it is still in the early stages, then it could potentially be reversed by changing certain habits. You may just need to learn how to brush your teeth more gently. For more extreme cases, actual procedures may need to be done. Gum grafting is available as well as the Pinhole Surgical Technique™. Talk to our dentist about which one is best for you.

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Dr. Chris Stevens is here to help you in any way possible. Call our dentist in Madison, WI office whether you need treatment or if you just want a checkup to see how your teeth and gums are doing.

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