Gum recession, also known as receding gums, is the exposure in the roots of the teeth caused by a loss of gum tissue and/or retraction of the gingival margin from the crown of the teeth. Your gums are meant to protect your teeth and do so in two ways.
First, the attached gingiva securely connects your teeth to the bone. Second, the unattached, or gingival mucosa protects the insides of your cheeks and gums. The edge of the gum tissue, which surrounds your teeth, is known as the gingival margin. When the margin pulls away from the teeth, it leaves the roots exposed and more susceptible to decay and tooth loss.
You should therefore never ignore any sensitivity, like pain or bleeding gums during brushing, flossing or eating hard food. Have them checked and treated before a more serious condition develops.
Persistent bad breath, sores in your mouth or visibly longer teeth can also indicate early stages of gum disease. Gum disease is often caused by a build-up of plaque, which is why regular scaling and polishing by our hygienist is important.
Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease and periodontics is the treatment of all forms of gum disease (known as gingivitis). We treat severe gum disease by cleaning the bacteria from the roots of the teeth – a process known as root planing. It may sometimes be necessary to carry out minor surgery.
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