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Gumline ditches

These are usually initiated by a combination of factors, including clenching, grinding, and vigorous tooth brushing. The official term for these ditches is ‘abfractions’ and they continue to form deeper and deeper ditches over time, and often become temperature sensitive. These areas are also more prone to decay, so it is important to keep these areas clean, but the act of thorough tooth brushing day after day causes deeper ditching. Simple fillings can help to prevent further ditching over time because the filling material is more wear resistant than the exposed inner root surface.