What is gum recession?
Gum recession is when there is loss of gum tissue along the gumline.
There are a number of reasons why this can happen; periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis)…the natural aging process…even aggressive brushing.
Recession can also be caused by gum infection and facial piercings, oddly enough.
It can be made worse by changes in hormones, smoking and tobacco related products, clenching and grinding, and misaligned teeth.
Who gets recession?
Anyone can get recession.
Recession is when the tissue around your teeth moves away from your tooth, resulting in your teeth looking longer, and more of the root being exposed.
Why do I need my recession corrected?
When this occurs, this root surface is very vulnerable to getting cavities as it wasn’t designed to be exposed.
If not enough protective tissue is there, gum recession may continue even faster, leading to sensitivity and vulnerability to decay.
You are more likely to lose a tooth as a direct consequence of exposed roots getting decay, which is why it is important to correct the recession.
Recession is much easier to treat earlier rather than later, so early detection is key!
Concerned about the health of your teeth? Let’s chat.
If you have questions for a periodontist – please contact our offices. We’d be happy to talk more with you!
Deerfield Beach office: (954) 427-5700
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