What Do I Do With My Receding Gums?

Hi! I’m Dr Michael Cai, the principal dentist here at Pitt St Dental Centre in Sydney CBD.

Last Tuesday, our patient, William from Strathfield, came to the clinic for his dental check-up and clean after almost two years.

During our consultation, he asked me, “Michael, What do I do with my receding gums?”

Receding gums is more common than you think. So I thought I’d make this quick video sharing what I shared with Willam.

So gum recession, as it’s professionally known, can result from numerous factors. Sometimes, it’s a natural part of aging. Just as our skin and hair change over time, our gums evolve. The collagen in our gums becomes thinner, leading to some recession. This is completely normal.

However, if you notice specific areas of recession or if your teeth become overly sensitive or loose, it’s time to examine the underlying cause of this accelerated gum shrinkage so that we can manage and halt it efficiently.

First things first, we’ll review your brushing technique. Believe it or not, it plays a pivotal role. Good oral hygiene is paramount; it prevents the buildup of plaque. However, overbrushing can also traumatise your gums. It’s about finding that delicate balance.

In addition, we’d recommend regular visits to your dental hygienist. They’ll ensure your gums receive the best possible care and any signs of gum disease are dealt with promptly.

What Do I Do With My Receding Gums in Sydney - Pitt Street Dental Centre
Once any existing gum disease is under control, we can explore more direct countermeasures against recession, such as gum grafting. This procedure can bring your gums back to their healthy state. We can utilise your own tissue, donor tissue, or even artificial tissue for this process. The success rate is generally very high.

Remember, gum recession is not something to fear. It’s a condition we can manage together.

So, if you’re experiencing receding gums, don’t hesitate. We can help. As a matter of fact, this is one of the most common dental issues we treat here at Pitt St Dental Centre.

Together, we’ll discuss various treatment options to regenerate your gums, helping you maintain a strong, stable, healthy, and beautiful smile for years to come.

I hope this video helps you understand more about receding gums and the steps to take to rebuild a healthy smile.

So If you are looking for a dentist to build you restore your gum, we would love to help.

Simply call us on 02 9223 4767, complete the booking form on our website, or send us a DM on social media, and we’ll be in touch to help you organise your smile consultation. See you in the next video.


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