Gum recession occurs when the gums pull away from your teeth and expose the roots. It is a common symptom of gum disease and can be diagnosed by your dentist during your routine checkups (it’s that part where they poke at your gums and take measurements).
What causes gum recession?
The main cause of gum recession is gum disease.
Other causes include:
- Brushing your teeth too aggressively
- Plaque and tartar buildup
- Injury to your gums
- Misaligned teeth
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
What are the symptoms of gum recession?
Like gingivitis and periodontal disease, the symptoms of gum recession include:
- Sensitivity when brushing and flossing
- Discomfort or pain at your gum line
- Sensitivity to hot and cold liquids/foods
- Sensitivity during dental cleanings
How can I prevent gum recession?
If you have a predisposition for gum disease you may not be able to fully prevent recession. However, daily oral hygiene is important for helping to prevent gum recession caused by habits and infections.
Following your dentist’s recommendations is the best way to go. Nothing is better for your overall oral hygiene than brushing thoroughly and flossing twice a day. Additionally, it’s important to keep up with your six-month check-ups and cleanings.
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