Gum recession occurs when the margin of the gum tissue around the teeth wears away, or pulls back. Because of this the tooth is more visible. Due to gum recession, “pockets” or gaps are formed between teeth which becomes suitable ground for bacteria to build up. Because most of the tooth is visible, it becomes sensitive and painful. Also the bone structure and the supporting tissue can be damaged which often results in tooth loss.
Although this is a common problem, people do not notice it. This is due to the fact that this process is quite slow and develops gradually. So check you gums if you notice that your teeth are sensitive. That is the first sign. Another warning sign is the tooth’s size. If it is larger than before then you must start with proper treatment as you have receding gums. Other symptoms are:
- Tooth pain/ache
- Tooth sensitivity
- Larger tooth than before
What causes receding gums?!
It can be caused by a gum disease but there are other reasons as well:
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