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Cause Of 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 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few adults maybe have one missing natural tooth. Can bruxism, in the lack of periodontal disease, cause severe gum recession?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes that is why a general cleaning is recommended every 6 months as you cannot get under the gums where plaque can accumulate which causes the bone loss. If you do have a lot of plaque and tarter under the gums, than you may need a more aggressive cleaning called scaling and root planing. In that case a general cleaning will not help until you get the scaling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chewing gum: I generally don't recommend gum. However it can be helpful if you can not get to a toothbrush after a meal, but only chew for 5 minutes. Never swallow the gum. Make sure it is sugarless. If it has xylitol and it does not bother your stomach that would be ok to use for 5 minutes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need gum surgery for receding gums, which is better, donor gum tissue or using gum graft from the roof of the mouth?
Several causes: There can be several causes for gum recession. It can happen when you clench or grind your teeth, brush too hard, have a bad bite, or poor dental hygiene. These are the most common reasons and the treatment will depend on the reason for the recession. So it is best to have a dental examination and fid out what is hapening in your mouth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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