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Gum recession is the process in which the portion of gum tissue that surrounds teeth wears away or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or even the tooth’s root. “Pockets” or gaps develop between the teeth and the gum line, creating perfect hideouts for plaque buildup. This is a common dental problem. Many people don’t notice that they have it because it happens gradually. Don’t underestimate its power, however. If left unnoticed, it can lead to bone loss in the jaw and even mean losing your teeth.

Here are some common symptoms to watch for:
– Brown spots on your gums
– Longer teeth
– Swollen gums
– Tooth sensitivity
– A notch at the gum line

There are a number of possible causes. The main cause, however, is likely periodontal disease, an infection that destroys your gum tissue and supporting bone. Your genes, aggressive tooth brushing, poor oral hygiene, hormonal changes, bruxism, tobacco, body piercings, and malocclusions may all be contributing factors.

Want to prevent gum recession? Good oral hygiene is your most powerful weapon. If you think you may already have it, there are a number of treatments available. You can call Fine Periodontics at our office in Greenville, South Carolina a call at 864-299-5900 to set up an appointment. Dr. Norman B. Fine would love to take a look at your mouth and discuss treatment options with you. Our periodontist will get you back to glowing health.