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What are receding gums?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
When Shakespeare said a man was "long of tooth," he was referring to receding gums in the elderly. In actuality, the bone structure recedes and the gums shrink along with it. This process exposes the root and makes the tooth look longer. It can also result in sensitivity when the teeth are exposed to heat, cold, and sugar.
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