By Katie Gayle
Gum recession is the gradual loss of gum tissue around the tooth, exposing the surface of the tooth’s root. This condition commonly causes gum disease by allowing bacteria to grow between the gum and tooth. Symptoms of gum recession include tooth sensitivity, longer teeth and larger spaces between teeth. While gum recession is a frequent problem, it is important to treat it quickly to prevent any further damage to your teeth.
Ways to stop slightly receding gums at home include wearing a night-guard and buying a new toothbrush. If the condition is serious, consider a deep cleaning at the dentist, gum surgery such as pocket depth reduction, regeneration and a soft tissue graft. Further details on treatment for receding gums can be found below.
There is not just one factor causing receding gums, but several, including:
There are a number of ways to prevent gums from receding, such as: