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Braces Cause Receding Gums
Receding gums, also known as gingival recession, is the loss of gum volume due most commonly to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Other causes of gum recession include inherited genes, aggressive tooth brushing, tobacco and other drug use, as well as vitamin ...Read more
Typically recession: Sometimes teeth can be moved to help slow down or stop recession, but there are rare instances that the gums will come back on there own. Read more
I have no cross bite. My front teeth make contact before my lower teeth when I bite. I have lower canine gum recession. Can braces fix this problem?
Possible: Your description of your bite a malocclusion which needs orthodontic care. There is a number of ways to treat malocclusion. I would get an orthodontic examination and consultation to determine your condition and a treatment plan to correct. You will then be able to decide when you can start fix your mouth. Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Depends: If you are having a difficult time maintaining well, then, you could develop swelling due to gum line irritation, trapped food particles, plaque and tartar build up. It is very important that patients with braces, become meticulous maintainers. The use of electric toothbrush and irrigator (waterpik) are especially beneficial. Gumline problems and extensive decay can occur. Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can my nickel/silver allergy be the cause of my gums swelling around my braces, despite how often I brush my teeth/floss?
SS Band allergy?: It's more likely physical irritation and plaque accumulation although some individual may have a soft tissue reaction to foreign materials such as stainless steel bands. This should be discussed with your Orthodontist who can determine what's going on in your particular case and make suggestions and\or modifications if necessary. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bactrial infection: If the bacteria is not removed regularly it can penetrate under the gums and cause deep pockets, the bacteria will attack the bone and will cause bone infection and the gums loose their support, as the pockets get deeper, the infection can cause recession and swelling of the gums as well. It is important to have a good oral hugiene and pregular dental visits for gum and teeth maintenance. Read more
Can receding gums that are caused by hard brushing repair themselves naturally and is a white line a sign that your gum receded?
See a dentist: Receding gums isn't a good sign and can't repair themselves. It is not only cosmetic problem; they can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss and/or gum disease. Unfortunately, there is no cure for receding gums, but there are some preventive and simple steps: soft brushing, reduce plaque buildup, night guard and most important visit your dentist 2X a year. Take care. Read more
Maybe: If you have noticed that your experiencing gum recession recently, seek an opinion from a periodontist before commencing with any tooth movement (clear aligners or braces). In active periodontal disease, tooth movement could exasserbate the periodonal condition. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do most older adults have generalized gum recession regardless as to what the cause of the dental situation is?
Is it ok to change retainers 1 week after deep cleaning on my left side. Right side was clean 2 weeks prior. Would this cause gum recession?
Unrelated: Retainers are removable appliances that are worn when the braces are removed, to hold the teeth in their permanent position. A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line and not related to your retainers. Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Can fillings in molars be high/painful - and cause gum recession - even if my bite has been checked with articulating paper?
Gum Recession: Improper homecare can cause gum recession. A waterpik is a great adjunct to homecare if used properly. It is good for patients who have difficulty manipulating floss and those who have pocketing too. Aiming the waterpik straight into the area between the teeth not up into the gum and spending time flushing each area creates suction (venturi effect) pulling debris out that the brush cant reach. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Waterpik: Waterpiks are used to treat gum infections. When infected, the gum tissue swells. When it's healthy, it shrinks. If the waterpik is used properly (have your dentist or hygienist demonstrate the proper techniques) it will not cause recession, though the healthy tissue will be lower than before. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer