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Five Signs of Receding Gum Line  
How to Avoid Permanent  Damage  

A receding gum line happens so gradually it often is not noticed until a significant amount of gum tissue is lost.

Be aware of these five signs of receding gums and prevent further recession.

1. Tooth roots are visible

When gums recede, the roots of  teeth can be seen. Teeth roots are a darker color and not as shiny as enamel.

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2. Teeth look too long

When gums recede,  teeth appear longer than normal.  Gum recession inspired  the saying "long in the tooth."

3. Spaces between the teeth

Severe gum recession causes space between the teeth.  These spaces can be harder to keep clean since food is likely to get stuck more easily between your teeth.  If you feel like there is always food stuck between your teeth it could be because of receding gums.

4. Tooth abfractions

When gums recede,  teeth are likely to become abfracted. Abfractions are small notches in the tooth where enamel has eroded away near the gum line.

5. Sensitive teeth

 Exposed tooth roots are sometimes sensitive to cold, sweets, or touch. 

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How receding gums impact your teeth

This condition allows roots to be exposed and roots don't have enamel protecting them, they are more sensitive and can be cavity prone.

Because there is no enamel, the root surface is softer and more vulnerable to  toothbrush abrasion and damage from abrasive toothpastes.   These areas are also more prone to tooth decay.  

Extra care should be taken to avoid over brushing.  Fluoride products such as ACT mouthwash or Prevident toothpaste should be used to strengthen exposed root surfaced.  

Be sure to use a non abrasive toothpaste.  I have listed abrasivity scores for many toothpaste brands here.

Is this condition reversible?

Once gums recede they don't grow back, but gums can be restored with a procedure called a gum graft.

Knowing the cause, will help you stop receding gums from progressing.

Ask your dentist or hygienist if you have early signs of gum loss and consult your dentist to identify the cause. 

Three simple ways to prevent receding gums

Prevent damage from clenching

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