Receding Gums

Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a common condition that affects up to 47% of American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Receding gums are one of the signs of this prevalent disease and can increase the risk of tooth decay, as well as tooth loss. Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue around the teeth is worn away, exposing the root of the tooth. Pockets are created between the gum line and the teeth, allowing bacteria to build up and cause gum infection.