Nothing beats a big smile. However, if you notice that some of your teeth are bigger than normal, or appear to be longer then you might be dealing with a condition called gum recession. Like all oral health issues, receding gums is usually linked to gum disease. So how to prevent receding gums?
What is Gum Recession?
Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 46% of adults above the age of 30 suffer from gum disease.
Gum recession is the slow and gradual process when the gums or the tissue surrounding the tooth recede, exposing more and more of the root of the tooth. Eventually, a gap forms between the root of the tooth and the gums.
It’s important to note that although receding gums is usually associated with aging, it can also be a sign of an oral health issue like periodontitis or trauma to the gums by wrong tooth brushing methods.
Additionally, leaving receding gums untreated may also put a person at risk of infection and even tooth loss. This is because as the gums recede, there is very little tissue left to hold the teeth and the gums.
Gum recession must be treated immediately, as the gums serve as the seal that protects underlying bone and tissue from infection. Without the gums, the root of the tooth together with the bones that hold the teeth in place become vulnerable to bacteria in the mouth.