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Do your teeth look longer, or are they sensitive? This may be due to a common dental condition known as gum recession.
You will not notice gum recession at once, but it will be something that develops over time and causes some dental health issues. Gum recession is a common symptom of gum disease.
When you suffer from receding gums, your root dentin becomes exposed, causing sensitivity and discoloration. Additionally, the pockets created by receding gums gives bacteria and plaque an area where they can collect and wreak havoc in your mouth.
If you notice gum recession, and do not receive treatment, your gum disease is likely to worsen. This can cause tooth loss, loss of jaw bone, and many other health issues.
What causes gum recession?
- As stated above, receding gums are a symptom of gum disease. The infection in your gums will damage the tissue.
- Another cause of gum recession is bad dental hygiene habits. Using a toothbrush that is too tough or brushing too aggressively can physically wear your gums away. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you do not brush thoroughly, the plaque and tartar build up will cause gum disease. Read here, about proper brushing.
- Piercings can not only cause your enamel to wear away, but also damage your gums. This is due to a rubbing that irritates your gums.
Other causes of gum recession are things like bruxism or teeth that are not aligned properly. Any condition that leads to gum disease can also be attributed to gum recession as well.
There is good news, however. Gum recession is able to be treated. Treatment will be dependent on your individual case. Many cases can be treated via a deep cleaning. However, in severe cases, you may require the attention of a periodontist.
Remember: If you want to prevent gum disease and recession, proper oral hygiene habits are critical.
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