My gums are painfully receding What is causing this and how can I get help ? My gums have been receding lately, to the point that some sensitive areas of my teeth are exposed at the root area. When I get chocolate or other sticky, sugary foods near the roots of my teeth, I want to scream out in pain. It is incredibly, sharply painful! I have noticed that sometimes my gums are worse after eating foods like grapes, or if I brush too often or with too much intensity. What else causes my gums to recede?