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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
Bone support: Lots of literature to demonstrate that placing teeth outside of proper bone support, or making them too procumbent or too protrusive, can result in unfavorable bone/gum support. Please talk to a qualified orthodomtic specialist about your concerns. ...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 more
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 more
Yes: As they push their way out, the gum tissue over and around them can swell. ...Read more
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 more
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
Do most older adults have generalized gum recession regardless as to what the cause of the dental situation is?
Gum recession: On third of adults have some hume disease. If your gums are receding I would see a dental consult! ...Read more
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?
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 more
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 more
Gum recession: Gums recede for a number of reasons: age (40 and up), vigorous tooth brushing with a hard toothbrush, poor oral hygiene, tobacco chewing and gum disease. The food that you mentioned do not cause gum recession. There is a treatment for this condition. Rec.: see your dentist or periodontist for consultation and x-rays. ...Read more
Does flossing more than 1x a day bad for your teeth? Does it cause gum recession if you floss hard enough?
Flossing: Flossing correctly by gently passing the floss between the teeth to remove bacteria and debris will not harm your teeth or gums. Flossing incorrectly by snapping the floss down hard through the contact, and impacting food and bacteria into the gum as well as traumatizing the tissue can cause damage over time. ...Read more
How often do you floss before you cause gum recession to your teeth? I floss twice or more between each tooth for 5 years. I think it may cause it
What are the major ways that a dentist can help to decrease bruxism (as the cause) in a patient that has gum recession?
Stop Bruxism: Bruxism is often started due to a minimal change in the bite. Once begun the dentist should give the patient a mouth guard to fully relax the jaw muscles to reduce and eliminate the bruxing. Once the muscles are relaxed, a skilled dentist will identify the bite source and attempt to adjust the bite to create a balanced bite. If done without muscle relaxation a true bite is difficult to achieve. ...Read more
I used 3 boxes of teeth whitening where two of the white strip boxes says to use once per year. Can this cause gum recession or other teeth problems?
Yes: Yes, over doing it with tooth whitening products can cause both gum recession and sensitivity in your teeth. Please stop using these products and see your dentist for an oral health evaluation. ...Read more
Two of my bottom front teeth are in a different position than when I was 15. I do have slightly receding gums. Would bone loss be the likely cause?
Possibly: Bone loss can allow teeth to shift. Shifting teeth can cause bone loss, especially if teeth move off of their bone support. If you notice a little shifting now, you will probably see a lot of shifting as time goes by. Please see an Orthodontic Specialist to evaluate the positions of your teeth and possible stabilization treatment options. Consultation with a Periodontist may also be indicated. ...Read more
Pain in jaw:
This cannot be answered without more information, such as where in the jaw you are experiencing the pain, how and when the pain occurs, etc.
The pain could be from infected teeth or gums, TMJ pain, sinus infection, throat or mouth infections, decayed or fractured teeth.
See your dentist for a complete examination. ...Read more
After 12 years sleeping in a room with squirrel feces/urine in the walls where sometimes it smells, does this cause gum recession or any other disease?
Not likely: Not gum recession. Possibly allergy to mols spores. ...Read more
Can drinking soda after using teeth whitening products cause gum recession? I drink soda right after I use it or sometimes a hour later
Not likely: Not likely. However, you can set yourself up for some serious decay, as the soda has phosphoric acid in it which will demineralize the tooth and if there is sugar, you will be ripe for decay. Many sodas also have citric acid which will make it even worse. Drink water. Good Luck. ...Read more