Can Gums Grow Back?

Diastema between the upper incisors is a normal feature

Suffering from receding gums can be stressful and effect your self-confidence but is there anything you can do to get those gums to come back?

Do Gums Grow Back?

Because gum disease often goes unnoticed for a substantial amount of time before it’s caught by you or your dentist, gums may have receded a fair amount before you realise what’s happening.

In general though, gums simply can’t grow back, making it crucial to look after your teeth and use antibacterial mouthwashes every day to help slow gum recession and get rid of plaque-causing bacteria.

Is there anything I can do?

For those with severe gum recession, in which the root is exposed and there’s a serious loss of gum and bone, it is possible to have skin and bone grafts. While these procedures are possible, it’s far better to take preventative measures and not allow gum recession to get to this stage.

Skin grafts: For those who have gums that have receded to the root, your dentist may recommend a skin graft to cover the sensitive area. This is a reliable procedure that should last for years, or even the rest of your life.

Bone grafts: Using bone from another part of your body, or using bone-regenerating techniques, your dentist will aim to strengthen the bone so it can support your teeth.

Grafts? Woah! My gums aren’t that bad!

Mild gum recession can be halted by good oral hygiene and correct brushing. Taking care to use antibacterial mouthwash like Ultradex's Daily Oral Rinse  will work to eradicate bacteria and stop mild gum recession, even bringing the gums back to full health.

Tips for rejuvenating gums:

  • Use a good antibacterial mouthwash
  • Floss every day
  • Brush correctly with a plaque fighting toothpaste twice a day
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water
  • Limit sugary drinks
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat a varied diet rich in vitamin C and Omega 3s

How to sooth gums

Gum disease, the leading cause of gum recession, often presents as sore, inflamed gums. While steps can be taken to control and eradicate gum disease, it’s a good idea to promote healing and soothing from day one.

Genigel is a patented product that contains hyaluronic acid, the beauty industry’s new wonder ingredient. Hyaluronic acid is unique in that it can hold a thousand times its own weight in water, making it a phenomenal moisturiser for the skin.

But what about its benefit to gums?

Hyaluronic acid already exists in the body and Genigel adds it to the gums to bolster connective tissue, soothe inflamed areas, encourage healing after dental procedures and even stop minor bleeding. Gengigel also promotes the new growth of tissue and if you’re suffering from mild gum recession, it’s a great product to try.

How will a dentist treat my gum disease?

While gums can’t really grow back, gum recession is usually caused by gum disease and if you treat that then you’ll stop your gums from receding further.

In the early stages of gum disease, or gingivitis, your dentist will most probably remove any plaque from your teeth, do a detailed inspection to ascertain the level of gum disease and advise you on an oral hygiene plan.

In order to determine the level of gum disease you might have, there’s a chance your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth and jaw. This is very normal and often the only way to detect some cavities and gum damage.

More severe gum disease will most probably require further dental treatment, but in any case, the first step in gum disease is visiting your dentist as well as brushing, flossing and using mouthwash.