What can be done about receding gums and sensitive teeth?

Q. Dear Dr Solanki, My gums are receding and my teeth are now very sensitive what can I do myslef to reverse the process, does this happen because i am brushing too hard, if I use a softer brush will my gums come back. I cannot stand the pain and if i try to scratch the top of my tooth with my nail it really hurts. A.F.B

A. Hello A.F.B, Gum recession is something that I see a lot of in everyday dentistry and you are right, tooth brush abrasion caused by excessive pressure when brushing can cause gum recession, other factors such as diet, smoking and acidic foods can contribute to this process. If patients are brshing too hard we often recommend an electric tooth brush and also an education session with our hygiensit where she will show you the correct brushing and cleaning techniques to avoid causing further damage. Unfortunately there is not a lot that you can do in order to “reverse” the gum recession process and this is why it is important to address the cause immediately. One solution to your recession would be to perform a gum graft, where soft tissue is grafted over the area of recession, we have a gum specialist (periodontist) at our practice that caries out such treatments. The gum tissue for the graft can either be taken from your palate or we can use an artificial substitute. I would also recommend using a special tooth paste for sensitive teeth such as sensodyne which you can buy from mosts dentists or chemists. We can also cover the exposed sensitive part of your tooth with a filling type material.
I hope this helps

dr kailesh solanki

Dr Kailesh Solanki

Kissdental – UK Practice of the Year 2007
157 Woodsend Road, Flixton, Manchester, M41 8GN.
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  1. seb says:

    I have been reading a book lately on arthritus and was supprised to read that receeding gums is a sign of arthritus is this true, as I have both

  2. Craig says:

    I have receeded gums but I had a test for arthritis and my blood result was zero,It depends on what your lifestyle is i suppose,I smoke,drink and used to do other worse things so I suppose thats my problem

  3. ANNA says:

    Please help I have headaches all day long now since ive had my teeth cleaned 8 months ago.
    I notice after I brush with my sonacare it goes right through up my cheeks and between my eyes
    causing me pressure in my eyes.i have used sensodine and peromed and no help .What could this be.

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