Gum recession is the loss of gum tissue from around the crown of the tooth. It may be mild to severe. It exposes the dentine on the root surface which may be sensitive. It may be present without disease and is usually present when periodontitis is severe. Certain fragile gum types predispose to recession.
Recession exposes the root surface. The tooth lengthens, has a two tone appearance and is sensitive to hot and cold. The spaces between the teeth appear large when the gum in between is gone. The soft root is easily damaged by tooth brushing and is prone to root decay. This can be severe in older patients. In the presence of dry mouth cavities can occur in weeks.
You cannot prevent plaque. Since no single method can eliminate plaque a combination of strategies is used to minimise its growth and harmful effects.
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