Can Receding Gums Grow Back?


receding gumsThe gums that surround and hold the teeth in place in your mouth can be impacted by a number of conditions that can result in them receding.

Periodontis disease along with conditions where a person does not perform regular oral care can cause the gum line to deteriorate.

This makes the tissues around the teeth gradually disappear or recede in time. Those who suffer from receding gums often beg the question “ Can Receding Gums Grow Back?”

The worst part is that you can never really grow back that tissue. This is not because it is impossible. It is entirely possible for gums to grow back. The main problem is that people tend to visit the dentist too late–they are already in a later stage of gum disease, which makes it harder to treat. There are ways and protocol you can employ to help stop the recession from worsening. You and your dentist can come up with ways to treat your receding gums.

Can Receding Gums Grow Back? Yes & No.

Your gums protect your teeth, they are a pin, soft tissue, that covers the root of the tooth and that also help to hold your teeth in place in your jaw region. When gums recede it looks as if they are vanishing and your teeth begin to appear more prominently and can become loose.

The main cause of receding gums is gum disease. There are factors that can make gum disease worse like tartar and plaque build up, dental caries, tooth decay and poor oral hygiene habits. Additionally, poor diet, alcohol use, bruxism (teeth grinding) and substance abuse can also impact gum health.

You may or may not be able to recover the gums that you have lost, however there is somethings you can do to improve and stop the process from occurring.

Natural Ways to Improve Receding Gum Conditions

Although there are ways that you can STOP anymore recession and deterioration in the gums- there are ways that a dentist and you, yourself can help spare the disease and condition from becoming so severe that you end up losing your teeth.

Establish Regular Oral Hygiene Habits

Brushing your teeth and flossing them regularly is the best way to ensure healthy gums. Just be careful not too press too hard on your gums because this can cause them to recede more. It helps you to clear your mouth of excess bacteria from food that gets trapped in between the crevices of your teeth. When you brush your teeth be gently and make sure you brush thorough enough that you hit the gum lines as well. Additionally, flossing your teeth daily can help free trapped food that gathers in your mouth and causes cavities.

Watch What You Eat! Eat Healthier Foods

Your diet may not have a whole lot to do with receding gums, but it can hurt your overall gum health! Eating sugary substances with corn fructose syrup and not taking care of your teeth can eat at the gums and the enamel in your teeth. Instead of eating poorly- you should try getting enough calcium, and eating veggies and fruits high in  anti-oxidants. This will spare your teeth from being further damaged and also help you improve your dental health.

Avoid Smoking, Limit Alcohol Intake

Studies have demonstrated that smoking, chewing tobacco and regular alcohol use can help contribute to gum disease and poor dental health. Be sure to stop immediately if you are diagnosed with any type of gum disease and seek your dentist’s help for more ways that he/she can assist you in alleviating your oral health problems. While it may not cause receding gums, drinking and smoking certainly do not help.

Stop Drinking Carbonated Sodas

The carbonation contained in sodas and cola products is really bad for your teeth and gum health. Not only does it contain a high content of sugar that can erode your teeth naturally- it possesses carbonation which reacts with the acidity of the sugar to do even further damage. Limit your cola consumption, and always try to use a mouth rinse, or drink water to rinse your mouth after drinking any carbonated beverage.

Dental Protocols for Optimal Gum Health

You should seek dental assistance if you find that you have gum disease or notice that your gums are receding rapidly. Your dentist will come up with a treatment plan that may include the following protocols:

Scaling and Regular Deep Teeth Cleaning- This is where a dental hygienist will  clean your teeth deep while using a pick to scale deep between the teeth and gum line. This removes excess plaque and tartar and can help to spare your gums from further emaciation. You do not want to try deep cleaning your teeth at home because harsh tooth-brushing with a lot of pressure can actually cause your gums to recede further.

For severe gum recession: Your condition may be so severe that it merits surgical intervention including procedures that can help reach the bacteria deep within the gums. He/She can implant tissue to help stimulate the production and growth of more gum tissue. Also a dentist can graft more tissue to your gums and inside the roots of your teeth much like a skin graft is performed. But worse case scenario, there may be no solution and you may have to have all of your teeth removed and to wear dentures for the rest of your life.

Keep in mind that the previous techniques are for your overall gum and dental health. They may help gum disease in some cases, but your dentist or periodontist is the best person to ask. Genetics, periodontal disease, hormonal changes and aggressive tooth-brushing can all contribute to receding gums, so prevent these causes whenever possible.


  1. You are slightly contradictory in your answers regarding gum growing back, one post you say it might grow back, in another you state it does not grow back.
    Does it grow back? If yes, what are the conditions (i.e., maximum damage) for it to grow back?
    As somebody who has his gum receding because he was a little too aggressive on the brushing side a clarification would be helpful.

    • It can sometimes, but it depends on why the gums receded in the first place. Depending on the cause and severity, you may have to get veneers or dental bonding to fill in the space. In some cases, the gums will heal on their own if you stop brushing so aggressively. Your best bet is talk to your dentist or orthodontist and figure out what your options are. Remain positive, Markus!

    • Depending on the severity of your gum damage, it is possible that it will not grow back. However, because tooth brushing is something that you can control, it would be wise to take action now. Reduce the firmness of your tooth brushing to secure the health of your gums. It will also reduce the damage to your teeth and enamel if you reduce the strength of your brush. Make an appointment with a periodontist or your dentist to better determine which course of action to take in the future. They may be able to give you advice after a check up that I can not give you for certain. Give your teeth a chance and you may find yourself happier and healthier in the future.

    • As you continue to live a live that does not stress your gums, it is almost certain that they will regain some of their lost strength. Perhaps look to a healthy mouthwash to help your natural bacteria. In time, your body can come back. If you want to speak with a periodontist. Your dentist should be able to direct you to one. Remain mindful about which foods and products you use in your mouth. Enjoy life and remain positive, Jason!

  2. I’ve been criticized by dentists and hygienists for years for not brushing and flossing enough. Yet what the hell do they know about my habits? They don’t follow me around…. Furthermore, I have told these dimwits again and again, that the more I floss, the tighter the spaces get between my teeth. If I floss more than three days in a row, I can’t get the floss through my teeth. (Of course these “know it alls”, then claim I am doing it wrong. And they demonstrate the same method I use.

    Now the past couple months I’ve been brushing and flossing much more than usual, and today I noticed my gums have receded DRASTICALLY. So more proof that more flossing is not necessarily good for people.

    So I got online to find out if the gums will ever grow back. And I read here and elsewhere, that no, it will not!

    But if this is true, why do your gums re-grow over an extraction site? So there is something definitely wrong with their theory.

    • Your gums regrow over the extraction site like your skin grows after a cut. It is your body’s response to an injury and is entirely natural. In addition, many people–myself included–get stitches after an extraction that help to fuse both sides of the gums. Your best bet is to go back to your dentist and ask for help. I had a similar problem with my gums, and it turns out that I was applying too much pressure when I brushed my teeth and never realized it. Best of luck, Jimbo!

  3. I used to smoke and I saw my gums were reducing and then I have stopped smoking but at the back I feel I have lost a lot of gum. I am scared that gum won’t keep reducing as I have left smoking now.

    • They should stop receding soon (although receding gums cannot be reversed, you can halt their progress). If they don’t, it may be a sign that you have gum disease. Your dentist should be able to help fairly easily if that is the case, but you would definitely want to schedule a dental appointment sooner rather than later.

  4. I have always kept healthy hygiene, but I noticed that my gum is receding only on one of my lower incisors. Not the whole gum, just that one tooth.

    Any idea on why that one tooth and how to stop/help it grow back? I don’t want my tooth to fall out.

    • Your tooth likely is not at risk of falling out. However, if you gum is receding then it would be wise for you to speak with a dentist. Your dentist can confirm if your receding gums are caused by your brushing style or another reason. It is always best to get someone to look at your gums so they can give you the proper advice. Make an appointment when you are able.

  5. Excuse me, but If gums don’t grow back, why do gums grow over extraction sites after teeth have been removed? I think this is a load of hooey.

    • Gums will grow together over the extraction site. It is most likely that your doctor sewed your gums together at the extraction site and they melded together. However, we have found no evidence that gums that have receded have regrown back to their original position. I hope that clears up any confusion. If you find any evidence, please let us know.

      • No it didn’t! My dentist did NOT sew my gums together. They grew over the extraction site. And if you look at any of the HUNDREDS of webpages that show how gun grows over extraction sites, you will see it!

        So don’t presume to INSTRUCT me or think you can clear up “confusion”. You are spreading confusion.

        • Jimbo you have a major chip on your shoulder and seem very angry. Maybe you should first seek anger management and maybe they can INSTRUCT you on how to remove that chip and calm down.

          • I totally understand where you are coming from. Thanks for commenting, Jess! If there are any topics on the site that you find interesting and would like to know more about, leave a comment! Thanks!

        • Discuss this more with your dentist because receding gums do not grow back. When you have an extraction done (even without stitches), it basically cuts into your gum. The healing process is similar to the way scabs heal on your body. Your skin does not just grow randomly; it grows into a scab and new skin after a cut. Your gums work via the same process. If you do not want help, you don’t have to leave a comment. We just monitor Med Health to help our readers who leave comments with questions. Please let me know if you have questions.

  6. After I caught a respiratory virus (most likely coxsackievirus B4, by my viral blood tests) which triggered a number of health problems in me, I noticed that I suddenly developed receding gums (periodontal disease). Prior to catching that virus, my gums had always been pink and healthy.

    As this coxsackievirus spread to friends and family, it also caused several of these people to developed sudden onset periodontal disease (quite a few people commented that their gums suddenly went downhill).

    I am not sure exactly of the mechanism by which coxsackievirus B could cause periodontitis, but my guess is that it may involve the connective tissue-destroying enzyme MMP-9, which has been shown to be elevated in coxsackievirus B infections.

    Note that in chronic infections, coxsackievirus B is hard to detect, and usually it is only the plaque reduction neutralization blood test (no connection to dental plaque) that is sensitive enough to reveal these chronic infections.