Gum Recession | Gingival Recession - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Simi Paknikar
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Simi Paknikar, MD
Last Updated on Apr 12, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for gum recession?

You can consult a periodontist, a dentist or a dental hygienist for gum recession treatment.

2. Can diabetes increase the risk of gum disease?

Diabetic people, especially those with uncontrolled diabetes are more prone to gum disease, due to high blood glucose level. Therefore, diabetics should take extra care of their teeth to prevent or retard the advancement of any periodontal disease.

3. Can pregnancy affect gum problems?

At the time of pregnancy, the body undergoes hormonal changes like increase in estrogen and progesterone levels that can make the gums sensitive and lead to gum problems. Therefore, it is necessary to visit the dentist for regular dental check-ups and maintain a good oral hygiene.

4. Are exposed root surfaces unhealthy?

Exposed roots surfaces indicate that your oral health is in bad condition and needs attention. Gum disease affects the overall health of a person; therefore, it should not be ignored.

5. Can teeth whitening cause receding gums?

Teeth whitening (bleaching) products contain harmful chemicals that can damage delicate gum tissue. If you are interested in bleaching your teeth, then consult a  dentist for low-risk bleaching methods.

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