The amount of gingival recession seen at our office continues to increase. Gingival recession typically exposes the root surface of teeth which is very susceptible to decay. Please note: there are many ways to prevent decay on the roots of teeth. Also, educating patients on the right brushing technique will prevent this recession from worsening. In addition, the root surface exposure, also know as the cementum, can be very sensitive to patients. The treatment includes: proper brushing technique, prescription flouride toothpast, a soft bristled toothbrush, and in severe cases a cosmetic resin composite filling to restore the proper emergence profile and seal the tooth.
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