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Sometimes the oral tissues in the mouth get irritated. When this happens, they usually move away from the teeth and expose the roots. This can cause severe sensitivity, an unattractive smile, and even a lowered self-esteem. If you have receding gums in Boston, Massachusetts, our dentist, Dr. Robert Page, is happy to tell you the things that might be causing them as well as what you can do to help the situation.

The first cause can be an aggressive oral hygiene routine. Typically, rough brushing harms the gums and makes them recede. So, check the type of brush you use and make sure it’s a soft-bristled toothbrush. Then, try to brush softer as you clean your smile.

The second cause can be the excessive use of whitening strips. Whitening strips that you can buy over the counter can damage your gums because the whitening solution is very strong. If it touches the gums, they shrivel away, causing the recession. So, it’s best to stop using these treatments and talk to your dentist about the best cosmetic dental treatment for your teeth.

The third cause can be gum disease. There are many symptoms of gum disease and gum recession is one of them. If your gums also bleed and swell on a regular basis and if you have persistent bad breath, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

To learn more about receding gums, please remember that our dental team at Congress Dental Group is here to help you in any way we can. So, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by dialing 617-574-8700. We look forward to hearing from you!