Gum recession or gingival recession is a condition where the roots of the teeth become exposed. If left untreated, gum recession can cause tooth decay and the eventual loss of teeth. Exposed roots can also result in tooth sensitivity.
The main cause of gum recession is gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that destroys gum tissue supporting tooth bone. Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup on teeth. The plaque bacteria can infect gum tissue and bone, causing teeth to become loose or fall out. Aggressive tooth brushing can also cause gum recession.
Keeping your gums healthy is the key to minimizing rum recession. Brushing twice daily, flossing and regular visits to your dentist can all help reduce the occurrence of gum recession.
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