You’ve recognised one of the most tell-tale signs of advanced stage gum disease. And this is not one you want to ignore. When you notice your gum pulling away from your teeth, and more of the roots become visible, your gums are receding9. Often referred to as shrinking gums, when this happens, the roots of your teeth become exposed to harmful bacteria and your mouth becomes susceptible to a whole host of health issues. Left untreated, gum recession can have serious, irreversible consequences.