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I am experiencing premature periodontitis. could my gum recession happen at a youthful age because i have been vegan for most of my life?

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Dr. Justin Nelson
Pediatric Dentistry 16 years experience
Yes/no: gum recession at a youthful ages = yes and depends on the person and family history vegan = no and not a cause. I know plenty of vegans etc that have never had an issue.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not Vegan Related: I am unaware of any correlation between a vegan diet and periodontal disease. Lack of routine examinations and professional hygiene visits, lack of good home care, and smoking could have contributed to your problems. Hopefully you will be treated and your condition will be managed.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Premature: Periodontitis is an infection, and is not diet related. It is not an inevitable result of aging, and therefore the term "premature" is not relevant. Please see a gum Specislist, a Periodontist, to address your disease and it's control. See your Physician or a Nutritionist to make sure there is nothing essential missing from your diet.

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