Gingival recession refers to ‘movement’ of the gums mostly resulting in exposure of the roots of the teeth and ’lengthening’ the teeth. This condition can affect one or more teeth and could be unsightly and a source of embarrassment to those affected, but first, why does it happen?
Age, for one, is a major factor. Increasing age predisposes to this condition. Also, aggressive tooth brushing could cause damage to the gums and result in recession of the ‘gum line’. Poor oral hygiene and malpositioning of the teeth are also possible contributory factors.
Here’s the good news: depending on the cause, it may be rectified quite quickly. A wide variety of treatment options are available and may be offered based on the cause and severity of each case. Book an appointment with a licensed dentist today to discuss your options.
P.S Prevention is better than cure. Visit your dentist at least twice a year and keep those pearly whites sparkly and healthy enough to serve you!