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What Is Gum Recession?

Gum recession is a common phenomenon characterized by a gum line that recedes, or pulls back, revealing more of the surface of one’s teeth. Gum recession is one of the most common oral health conditions. However, because it is slow to progress over time, many people are unaware that they are afflicted with it until the recession becomes noticeable.

Are Your Gums In a Recession?

When gum recession occurs, gum tissue or gingiva that covers and protects part of the tooth has begun to wear away. The gum line, normally seen as a fairly straight line across the row of teeth, begins to appear jagged as the worn tissue leads to visual exposure of more of the enamel surface of each tooth. To the person undergoing this change, his or her teeth may appear more elongated than before. Another sign of gum recession may be heightened tooth sensitivity once the roots of the teeth are exposed.

How Does This Happen?

A number of factors can play a role in the cause of gum recession. Negligence in routine dental care, (Read More....)