Are You Looking a Bit 'Long in the Tooth?' You May Have Gingival Recession

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Do your gums appear to be pulling, or wearing, away from your teeth? Does your gum line appear irregular? Are your teeth sensitive? You may have gingival recession or what's more commonly known as receding gums.

This article will explain what gingival recession is, and guide you through the most common causes. Additionally it will list what you can do to prevent and better manage your dental health.

What is Gingival Recession?

Gingival recession is the pulling, or wearing, away of the gum from the tooth. It is characterised by deterioration in tooth enamel, tooth sensitivity and the creation of an irregular gum line which may create food and bacterial traps. Severity varies and is often a gradual process which can challenge detection.

What causes it?

Over brushing or incorrect brushing.

Lack of brushing and poor dental hygiene.


Hormonal Changes like adolescence, pregnancy and menopause.

Genes or heredity.

Oral Piercing

Gum recession is one of the most common dental problems seen by dentists and if left untreated can lead to decay and, in extreme cases, tooth loss. The good news is that we can actively contribute to its prevention and management. In all cases ensure that you visit your dentist regularly and have the health of your teeth and gums monitored. Contact a clinic like Manuka Dental Care to know for sure if you have a receding gumline and what you can do about it.