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Receding gums are a symptom of gum disease (periodontal disease). The gum line begins to pull away from the teeth, exposing more of each tooth. Untreated, receding gums will eventually expose the roots of your teeth and lead to tooth loss and other serious periodontal problems.
Your gums are the Skin of Your Teeth®. With the help of periodontal connective tissue, your gums fit firmly and snugly against each tooth, completely covering the more sensitive roots. Receding gums expose roots, cause a loss of attachment between the gums and teeth and also create gaps (pockets) where food may collect and bacteria may breed.
The following are common symptoms of receding gums:
Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, is a mild form of gum (periodontal) disease that may also indicate an underlying condition of receding gums. Symptoms may include:
The most common causes of receding gums are:
Other risk factors for receding gums include:
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