Gum recession is the process in which the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth's root. When gum recession occurs, ""pockets,"" or gaps, form between the teeth and gum line, making it easy for disease-causing bacteria to build up. If left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged, and may ultimately result in tooth loss.
HOW IS RECEDING GUMS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Receding Gums is done by a dentist would thoroughly check your mouth and teeth along with doing an X-ray of the teeth.
HOW IS RECEDING GUMS TREATED?
Treatment of gum recession depends on the underlying cause. If it is due to overactive brushing, the brushing method must be appropriately modified. Any inflammation or infection causing recession must be treated with anti-inflammatory medication. Plaque control is also effective in treating receding gums
DID YOU KNOW?
Receding gums may be caused by a number of factors, including:
• aggressive brushing over the long term
• hardened plaque buildup (tartar)
• hormonal changes in women
• family history of gum disease