Written by: on April 1, 2016 @ 9:03 am

receding gumsAre you familiar with receding gums? Do you think you might have receding gums? Receding gums are a common dental condition, but is there treatment? If so, how are they treated? Are receding gums due to improper oral hygiene? Do you know the answers to any of these questions, or are you curious to find out more? Take our quiz below to find out how much you know about receding gums.

True or False?

  1. True or False: Receding gums are most common in people over the age of 40.
  2. True or False: Receding gums is an asymptomatic disease, meaning it has no symptoms.
  3. True or False: Gum recession is simply a part of aging.
  4. True or False: There is no treatment for gum recession.


  1. True: It’s true that receding gums are most commonly found in those over the age of 40, but the condition can begin as early as in your teen years.
  2. False: Although receding gums may be difficult for patients to diagnose, there are symptoms you can be aware of including sensitive teeth; visible roots; inflammation, bleeding, and bad breath; and teeth that appear too long.
  3. True and False: Although some gum recession is a natural part of aging, it also has other causes including: poor oral hygiene, overaggressive brushing, chewing tobacco, and periodontal disease.
  4. False: The first step in treating gum recession is to eliminate the underlying cause. This may involve something as simple as using a softer toothbrush and altering your brushing technique to a more involved scaling and root planning procedure, depending upon the issue. Once the underlying cause is eliminated, your gums–and therefore your smile–can be restored with either a gum grafting or a tissue regeneration procedure. Your dentist will assess your situation and recommend the appropriate treatment.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights, MI.

Catogories: Dental News

Comments are closed.