Gum Recession

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Gum recession is the most common dental problem that occurs gradually over time and can worsen if left untreated. Many are not aware of the causes and the initial symptoms to look out for. Gum recession occurs when the gum tissues that protect the teeth’ root begin to wear away, leaving the tooth (or the root) to become exposed. When the tooth is exposed, the gap that forms between the gum line and the teeth can be an accessible environment for bacteria to grow.

  • Gum recession is a gum disease/periodontal disease.
    Irritations, inflammation, sensitivity (to cold and sugary food and drinks), and bleeding of the gums are the first sign and symptoms to watch out for.
  • Poor oral hygiene is another contributing cause that leads to periodontal disease.
  • Aggressively brushing your teeth can cause gums to recede.
    Depending on the person, some may be more susceptible than others.
  • Insufficient dental care, such as inadequate brushing or flossing, can easily cause damage to the gums.
  • Tobacco products create a sticky plaque on the teeth’ surface that adheres to the teeth leaving it more challenging to remove.
  • Teeth clenching or grinding with heavy force causes gums to recede.
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