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Doctor insights on: Bruxism Gum Recession

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Could retainers cause gum recession?

Could retainers cause gum recession?

Yes: If i'll fitting...See orthodontist for adjustment. If treated with expansion when extraction was a better choice then recession may be a consequence. Overly vigorous brushing and coincidental gum disease may be cause. See a gum specialist, a periodontist. ...Read more

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Grinding Teeth (Definition)

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Dental caries, tooth decay: causes?

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Dental caries, tooth decay:  causes?

Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused when the bacteria in plaque are exposed to sugars and metabolize the sugars into acid. Plaque is sticky and concentrates the acid onto the enamal of your teeth which dissolves it creating a cavity. Plaque without sugar or starch wil not cause decay. Sugar without plaque will not cause decay. Acid alone, like lemons, will dissolve enamal and can cause decay, . ...Read more

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Retainers caused severe gum recession on eye teeth?

Retainers caused severe gum recession on eye teeth?

Probably not: Recession of gingival tissues in the eye teeth area is most commonly found with agressive tooth brushing habit and/or using a too hard bristled toothbrush. Only if the retainer impinges upon these soft tissues could it be blamed for the recession. ...Read more

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Does gum recession lead to edentulism?

Does gum recession lead to edentulism?

Yes it can: Where there is recession there is also some loss of the bone supporting your teeth. If you have too much bone loss then your teeth can become loose and you may loose them. The best thing is treatment , the sooner the better, so that you do not loose your teeth. Your dentist may refer you to a periiodontist, a specialist in gum diseases for this problem. ...Read more

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Does chewing gum cause cavities?

Does chewing gum cause cavities?

Depends on the type.: Sugar free gum, that is gum with artificial sweetners, do not have the type of sugar that causes cavities. These products are now starting to use sweetners like xylitol which has been shown to have anti-cavity properties at higher doses. Chewing sugar-free gum also helps those with dry mouth as it helps stimulate saliva flow. Hubba bubba and bubblelicious are not sugar free to name a few. ...Read more

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Can a waterpik cause gum recession?

Can a waterpik cause gum recession?

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

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Can misaligned wisdom teeth cause bruxism?

Can misaligned wisdom teeth cause bruxism?

Possibly: Third molars which almost always have inadequate room should be removed. Perhaps your bruxism will then go away. If bruxism continues then night guard s also. ...Read more

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Could clenching teeth cause tooth loss?

Could clenching teeth cause tooth loss?

It may..: Grinding and clenching of teeth can cause fractures in the teeth that can render them unrestorable. In addition, excessive parafunctional forces can cause bone loss, and thus weaken the tooth's bony support, resulting in premature loss. ...Read more

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Mouthguard or nightguard for teeth grinding?

Mouthguard or nightguard for teeth grinding?

They are the same: Interchangeable words for the same device. A well-fitting, dentist custom made mouthguard is a device that will either allow you to continue to grind, but instead of tooth vs. Tooth wearing down, you will have tooth vs. Mouthguard (which is softer than tooth & will wear instead of tooth). This will also act as a "stress-breaker" and in some people wearing it makes them stop grinding. ...Read more

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Could a waterpik cause gum recession?

Could a waterpik cause gum recession?

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

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Do dental sealants prevent gum erosion?

Do dental sealants prevent gum erosion?

No : No.. Sealants are put onto the biting surface of the teeth... Not near the gums. ...Read more

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Can grinding teeth lead to tooth loosening?

Can grinding teeth lead to tooth loosening?

Yes: More common to see tooth loosening associated with periodontal disease or in combination with it. ...Read more

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What's tooth enamel erosion from?

What's tooth enamel erosion from?

From acids : Enamel erosion is from acids in the mouth. These acids can be from foods and beverages ( such as sodas, lemons, candies) or from the intestinal system ( such as acid reflux). ...Read more

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Is teeth clenching bad?

Is teeth clenching bad?

Yes: Even when we clench we are grinding a bit, not a lot of motion but our teeth have mountains and valleys normally, not flats, so biting still grinds the teeth a bit. Clinching can cause your to damage fillings as well. Likely you are grinding at night on top of that and may need an occlusal guard. Talk to you dentist about your options. ...Read more

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Could chewing gum sharpen your teeth?

Could chewing gum sharpen your teeth?

Like a knife ?: If that is your question, the answer is no. ...Read more

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Can grinding the teeth create teeth pain?

Can grinding the teeth create teeth pain?

Yes it can: Additionally it can wear down (flatten) the occlusal (chewing) surfaces of teeth and can cause tooth fracture. Can also lead to gum recession and additional problems. Best to consult with a dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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Could i reverse gum recession by better flossing?

Could i reverse gum recession by better flossing?

See a dentist: Better flossing is always the gold standard for great oral care. Now, can increased flossing result in gums growing back? It all depends on how much gum tissue has receded and how much of the tooth shows. You should see a dentist to get an evaluation of your teeth, then he can discuss ways to get your gums to look the best way they can. ...Read more

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Will dental sealants to prevent gum erosion?

Will dental sealants to prevent gum erosion?

NO: No a dental sealant will not protect your gum tissue from eroding. Have your dentist check your bite and make sure it is balanced. Also check for wear facets or signs of clenching and grinding. Also make sure you do not use anything stiffer than a soft tooth brush. ...Read more

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