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Dearborn, MI
A 42-year-old male asked:

Those dental bristle floss, do they cause gum shrinkage ??? i see spaces between teeth getting bigger and gum is shrinking?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 59 years experience
My hunch is you have gum disease. Flossing should help in the long run. Discuss with your dentist.
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
Vigorous use of any dental instruments may cause damage in the very long run, but gingival recession is usually caused by periodontitis. When was your last dental exam and cleaning? Dental care is not just a mouthful of toothpaste. Have your local dentist examine you to determine the cause of your recession.
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Last updated May 19, 2021

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