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New methods can help receding gums

from Florida Today

If you have a lot of gum tissue around your teeth, you're in great shape. But as we get older, we lose more of that gum tissue and the result is mucosa around the teeth. This is called gum recession. The roots of the tooth that are supposed to be protected by the gum tissue are now exposed. Root sensitivity is one consequence. The more devastating consequence is the erosion of the root surface. You'll feel the erosion as a cupped-out or grooved portion of the root at the gum line. If your fingernail finds a depression in the root, you have erosion. That erosion worsens, producing a weakness in the tooth, just the same as there would be weakness in a tree if you started to chop it down with an ax. If you have a denture that rests solely on mucosa, your chance for denture soreness goes up enormously. more

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