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Receding gums or medically gingival recession, is a veryserious problem of dental cavity which happens when gums begin to pull awayfrom the teeth. The root of each tooth is covered in cementum functioning as itsnatural coating so once the gums begin to pull away, the roots become exposedbecause these natural coatings disappear. It all makes it easier for the plaque to accumulatethus making a tooth more prone to the various problems such as caries toothache, infection, and receding gums or even the loss of the tooth.

Causes and symptoms

Gingival recession can be triggered by many conditions, andthe most common is certainly inadequate brushing of teeth, meaning that theteeth should not be brushed too aggressively or too harshly and with atoothbrush that is not soft. Other causes of this condition may be building upof the bacteria between the teeth, eating disorders, bruxism, gingivitis andeven piercings in the tongue or lip, since piercings may easily rub against the teeth.Having in mind that this condition does not happen over night but the signs that aperson should not ignore once they occur are increased in teeth sensitivity to spicy,sour or sweet flavors, as well as to cold and hot; the change in the color ofthe tooth; or the cases when the roots of the teeth seem to be more visible, orspaces between them bigger. On the other side if a person has a bad breath, orif gums are swollen, red, or bleeding, these may also be the signs thatmight indicate the problem of receding gums.

Is there a cure forthe receding gums?

What should bementioned in the first place is that, if ignored for too long, or leftuntreated, receding gums may lead to very serious problems, such as diabetes,heart attack, stroke, or even respiratory problems. So as soon as the firstsigns are noticed the person should address to their dentist who will diagnosethe problem and treat it. The way in which this condition will be treated dependson the cause, because the treatment is always focused on the treatment of anunderlying cause first. However, after this problem has been cured, there areways in which areas that have suffered gum recession can be regenerated, andthese ways include plastic surgery procedures. Gum tissue can be repositionedin order to cover the recession and for that purpose, specialmaterial instead of the patient’s own tissue can also be used.

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