Teeth Looking Longer? It Might Be Gum Recession
Do your teeth look longer than they used to? Do you notice sensitivity of your tooth roots?
Both are common effects of gum recession. Many cases of gum recession are related to poor periodontal health, but other reasons include genetics, brushing too hard, misaligned teeth, and even lip piercings.
What is Gum Recession?
Healthy gum tissue (gingiva) is bright pink in color and surrounds a tooth at the base of the crown to hold it firmly in place. When your gums recede, your tooth roots become exposed, leading to an increased risk for periodontal infection.
The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis and can typically be eliminated with thorough professional cleanings, improved ...