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. Hi, thanks for the article.
    My gum has been receding on three of my upper teeth (on the front left side), and I have been using a soft toothbrush and a special toothpaste for quite some months now but it hasn’t changed anything. So I saw a dentist recently and he said it was due to bruxism and because my bottom teeth put too much pressure on them. So I was thinking I should maybe see an orthodontist for some braces, and she told me that I have been pressing too hard when I brush my teeth (though I’ve been careful for 6 months to brush from the gum to the tip of my tooth and all) and that my gum will NEVER grow back!! This has really worried me and I don’t know if I should believe her??? Are there any creams or anything that you can apply to the gum to help it grow back? Please I am so gutted 🙁

    • You will want to make an appointment with your dentist. They may be able to recommend an orthodontist. If your dentist does not recommend one, then you may want to speak with another dentist. You may also make a direct appointment with an orthodontist. Continue to follow the advice of your dentist until you have your appointment with an orthodontist. Best of luck, Alice!

    • If you are interested in caring for your gums, then speak with a dentist and an orthodontist. Every person and every scenario is different. Make an appointment at this time. Best of luck, Vita!

  2. My gums are receding I started to take more care of my mouth using mouth wash and brushing can my gums become healthy. Because it kinda is worrying me

    • It should help. Just make sure that you do not brush too aggressively since brushing too hard can worsen receding gums.

  3. I don’t know if my gums are receding but I am 15 and I can see my teeth at the roof and bottom of my mouth like the gum is wrapping around the outline of he tooth, is that bad? I used to drink a lot of soda but not as much, I brush once to twice a day.

    • They might be receding, or you could be reading too much into it. Brushing your teeth is good–just make sure not to brush your teeth too hard because it can actually cause receding gums. Use mouth wash, brush your teeth and make sure to go to your dentist. If your dentist has never mentioned a problem with receding gums, you probably don’t have anything to worry about–although you can always ask him or her at your next appointment.

    • You will want to speak with an orthodontist. They may be able to help return your gums to proper form. Otherwise the damage may be permanent. Make an appointment at this time. Best of luck, Talia!

  4. I went to the dentist today and was told my gums are receding. If a person’s gums recede because of biting nails, skin off of fingers, or biting things, can the gums grow back? In what scenario is it possible for gums to grow back?

    • It is not likely that receding gums are caused by biting things. It may be caused by poor diet. Sugars, acids and carbonated drinks may cause gum problems. Brushing too hard or using a brush that is too firm may also be at fault. Speak with your dentist about what may be causing this problem. Best of luck, Juli!

  5. Hi, I had braces for one year and once my teeth started to shift I started getting two little gaps and once my teeth were straight I had a large gap next to my front tooth. My orthodontist said that my gums had receded. I only drink water, don’t smoke and have excellent oral hygiene. Is there any way to have my gums grow back? I heard if the gums are cut they’ll grow back, but I haven’t found any solid information regarding it. Thanks in advance!

    • Gums will not grow back, but it would be beneficial for you to speak with an orthodontist about your concerns. They will also be able to give you advice in regards to your diet. It is possible that you are brushing your gum line to hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles. Make an appointment at this time about your concerns. Best of luck, Denise!

  6. I went and saw a dentist about my gums and they told me they had receded because I was brushing too hard, will they grow back? Not a smoker, no gum disease, just recession due to being too dilligent 🙁

    • Hopefully. The body has an amazing habit of being able to heal itself over time, especially if the initial injury is not too extreme. There is a chance that they could grow back, especially if you stop brushing your teeth so hard. Good luck, Sas!

  7. I noticed my gums where receding about 2 weeks ago due to smoking and then not brushing. I stopped smoking and started brushing twice a day, flossing after dinner, and using anti-bacterial mouthwash before bed. I also scheduled a dentist appointment wich I haven’t been in about 2 years(I know I made poor decisions) Is there a chance for my gums to come back? Or are my gums always going to be bad. Thanks

    • It sounds like you are making many positive choices. Continue to not smoke. This is important for the health of your body and gums. It is great that you have made an appointment to speak with a medical professional. You are taking the correct actions to care for your oral health. Have a great day, Marty!

      • Thank you for sharing your insights. Feel free to share more of your thoughts and experiences in the future. Have a great day, Ellie!


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