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Gummy Smile

A smile is called a “gummy smile” if a significant amount of gingival tissue (gums) is visible when a person speaks or smiles. People with a gummy smile feel embarrassed in social situations as they are worried about who notices their large gum line and they try to hide their mouth to avoid embarrassment

What Causes A Gummy Smile? As the teeth erupt (grow out of the gums), the gums typically recede upwards. In some cases, the gums cover major part of the teeth, making normal-sized teeth look shorter even though they may actually be the proper length. The shape of the patient’s mouth can sometimes show more of the gum tissue than is visible in the average person’s mouth. People who breathe through their mouths, especially at night, are more prone to various nasal problems. This dries out the gum tissue, leaving it more susceptible to disease and overgrowth. Heavy intake of medicine such as Diclatin and Cyclosporine can lead to overgrowth of gum tissue.
Added by Implant Dentistry Castle Hill on Sunday 19 May 2013
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