Gum recession is the process in which the gum tissue that which surrounds your teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing the tooth’s root. If left untreated, gum recession may ultimately result in tooth loss.  Most people don’t notice their gums receding because it occurs very gradually. You may notice tooth sensitivity, or that your tooth looks longer than normal. Sometimes a notch can be felt near the gum line with your fingernail.  Gum recession is often caused by periodontal disease.

Causes:

Aggressive tooth brushing. If you brush your teeth too hard, it can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear away and your gums to recede.  Clenching and grinding of the teeth can also contribute to gum recession and defects in the tooth roots. Many people do not even realize they have this habit, and many do it in their sleep!

Insufficient dental care, Inadequate brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash makes it easy for plaque to harden into tartar or calculus, a hard substance that builds on and between your teeth and can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning.

Gum recession is not something you want to ignore.  If untreated, gum disease leads to the destruction gum tissue and supporting bone that hold your teeth in place.  If you think your gums are receding, make an appointment. There are treatments that can repair the gum and prevent further damage.

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