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Receding Gums Ask The Periodontist Marie Schweinebraten Question:
If my gums are receding due to harsh brushing, and I have been advised to have grafting, what will happen to me if I don't have it done?

They have receded slowly as I have been gentler to them. ... Visitor from TX

Answer:
It is true that harsh brushing can cause gum recession.

It is good that you have changed your technique for brushing by hopefully using a soft brush and being gentle.

If gum grafts have been recommended, you should still have them done. This is because even though the recession will slow since you are brushing more gently, it will continue to occur.

It is important to place stronger gum tissue at the base of the tooth to not only stabilize the recession but also hopefully cover some of the root surface that has been exposed. This root surface is more prone to cavities and will develop sensitivity over a period of time.

Remember too that when you lose gum around a tooth, you are also losing the bone underneath that gum which means losing support of the tooth. This bone cannot be replaced, so it is very important to stabilize the recession and prevent more from occurring.

The only way to do this is to do gum grafts.

Marie C. Schweinebraten, DMD
Atlanta Periodontist
2925 Premiere Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 623-0930

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