The Causes of Receding Gums and Treatment

Gums protect the tooth roots, so when gums recede there is an increased risk of tooth loss. A receding gumline is when the gums pull from the teeth and expose the roots.

Key takeaways:

  • When the gums recede, your teeth can look longer and the darker tissue of the tooth roots may be exposed.
  • Gum disease is a cause of receding gums and left untreated it can lead to infection and tooth loss.
  • Aggressive brushing and flossing can aggravate the gums and lead to gum recession.

“Your dentist may suggest a root planing and scaling, which is another term for a deep cleaning that helps to remove any infection and bacteria from the gum tissue. This procedure can help heal gum disease and encourage gum tissue to grow back.”

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