Gum Recession Toothpaste – Do They Work and Which is the Best?

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If you’ve got receding gums you may have spotted a plethora of different tubes of toothpaste on the shelves claiming to repair gums and treat sensitivity. You may be wondering if they can help and which gum recession toothpaste is best.

The good news is that toothpaste can help – some reduce the sensitivity and others can help stop further gum recession by preventing periodontal disease. 

However, not all toothpaste helps treat gum recession and its symptoms. Read on to find the best toothpaste for gum recession, how they work and what else you can do.

Can Toothpastes Help Gum Recession?

Yes, some specially formulated toothpastes can help gum recession. 

Due to the prevalence of gum recession among the general population, manufacturers have innovated numerous formulations, resulting in a wide array of readily available over-the-counter products to choose from.

Gum recession toothpaste can be divided into two categories: products that claim to stop and prevent receding gums and products which help prevent sensitivity.  

Use these consistently twice a day in combination with a gum pocket brush or other tools to clean the interdental spaces if you want them to be effective.

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Toothpaste That Stops And Prevents Receding Gums

The theory is that these toothpastes indirectly stop and prevent receding gums by preventing periodontal disease (also sometimes referred to as gum disease). 

Periodontal disease is a common cause of gum recession. An accumulation of bacterial plaque along the gum line initiates the disease process. Plaque disruption by tooth brushing and cleaning the interdental spaces is the key to prevention and treatment, however, toothpaste containing active ingredients which kill bacteria in plaque can help reduce gingivitis and periodontitis and thus gum recession.

Can Toothpaste Prevent Sensitivity?

Yes, you can buy toothpaste that prevents sensitivity caused by receding gums. 

When the gums recede it exposes dentine, a layer of the tooth which has lots of tiny holes called tubules. The movement of fluid in these tubes stimulates nerves in the dental pulp. The indirect exposure of the nerve allows stimuli such as hot, cold, touch, sweet and/or sour to make you feel a sharp short pain. 

Toothpaste has been created that blocks or covers the tiny open tubules so stimuli don’t travel down the tubules and cause pain. 

How To Choose a Toothpaste for Gum Recession

To choose a toothpaste for gum recession, you first need to decide what you want the toothpaste to do and then look for ingredients in toothpaste which target those issues. 


Potassium nitrate or strontium acetate is added to toothpaste formulations to reduce sensitivity. They soothe the nerves inside your teeth helping control the triggers. 

Novamin is a unique, clinically proven calcium formulation. It builds a layer over the vulnerable areas of your teeth and helps protect them from pain.

If you want to reduce sensitivity look for a toothpaste containing these ingredients. 

Prevents Gum Recession

Research findings indicate that the utilization of stannous fluoride (1) has been demonstrated to effectively decrease the occurrence of gingivitis and gingival bleeding. This compound is incorporated into toothpaste formulations to aid in the removal of plaque, thereby reducing the risk of periodontal disease and subsequently preventing gum recession.

This fluoride derivative is used in many toothpaste formulations. This is because it helps protects from caries (holes in the teeth/roots), dental erosion and sensitivity.

Look for toothpaste containing stannous fluoride if you want to prevent gum recession and/or prevent sensitivity.   

Can Toothpaste Make Gums Grow Back?

No, sadly, toothpaste cannot make gums grow back. Gum tissue cannot be regenerated once lost. Whilst they can’t make your gums regrow, specialist toothpaste can revive your gums, making them healthy again and preventing further gum recession. 

When extreme gum recession has occurred, gum grafts can be used to replace lost tissue. Other treatments such as composite bonding can be used to disguise the issue and prevent sensitivity. 

So Which is the Best Toothpaste For Gum Recession?

The best for you depends on your specific needs, so we’ve picked the best toothpaste for a number of categories. 

Best Toothpaste to Stop and Prevent Gum Recession – Parodontax

toothpaste that repairs gums and prevents further gum recession

Parodontax offers a diverse selection of daily toothpaste specifically designed to address early signs of gum damage by targeting the primary culprit, plaque. Their formulations aim to help reverse the effects of gum problems and promote healthier gums..

(This toothpaste is sold under the brand name Corsodyl in the UK – not to be confused with Corsodyl gel and mouthwash that contains chlorhexidine.) 

According to GSK, the manufacturer of this toothpaste, they claim that their product has undergone clinical testing and has been proven to effectively reduce bleeding gums. When used twice daily, this toothpaste demonstrates a significant reduction in both plaque buildup and bleeding gums within a period of 12 weeks.

Its active ingredient is Stannous Fluoride. So it’s a good allrounder if you want to prevent gum recession and help reduce sensitivity. 

Best Toothpaste To Relieve Sensitivity – Sensodyne Original Mint

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For nearly 60 years, Sensodyne has created unique formulations specially formulated for sensitive teeth. 

The original mint formulation is great if you’re suffering from sensitivity.  You need to use it twice a day for two weeks to get relief from sensitivity as it takes a while for the protective barrier to accumulate. If you stop using it the sensitivity will return.

Best For Rapid Relief – Sensodyne Rapid

Toothpaste to reduce sensitivity caused by gum recession rapidly

Another one for Sensodyne here.  It’s clinically proven to relieve sensitivity in just 60 seconds and when you use it twice a day it builds long-lasting protection. Again, if you stop using it, the protective barrier will disappear and you will suffer from sensitivity. 

The active ingredient is stannous fluoride so it will help protect your gums from further gum recession. 

What Else Can You Do To Prevent Gum Recession

Knowledge is power where beating gum disease is concerned. Gum Disease: Solved online education tool arms you with the information to understand why you have gum disease and how you can beat it in only 10 minutes per day at home, without the need for costly and ineffective dental visits.

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Before using the best toothpaste for gum recession it’s important to find out the underlying cause of your gum recession – a quick trip to the dental office can help you determine the cause and give you further advice. 

Gum recession toothpaste will work best when you develop and maintain first-class oral hygiene which involves brushing the teeth twice a day and cleaning the interdental spaces using the correct technique and tools. 


  1. Perlich MA, Bacca LA, Bollmer BW, Lanzalaco AC, McClanahan SF, Sewak LK, Beiswanger BB, Eichold WA, Hull JR, Jackson RD, et al. The clinical effect of a stabilized stannous fluoride dentifrice on plaque formation, gingivitis and gingival bleeding: a six-month study. J Clin Dent. 1995;6 Spec No:54-8. PMID: 8593194. Available here:
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Written by Sharon Fyles

Periodontitis Expert & Writer

Sharon Fyles, BSc (Hons, SW), MSc, Dip,  is a Manchester-based expert dental writer specialising in periodontal diseases and their treatment.


Medically Reviewed and Verified by Dr. Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons), MFDS (RCPS Glasgow)

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