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General Practitioners Gum Recession
Yes but limited: Receeding gum lines is usually due to poor gum health. This occurs from plaque and tartar building up on the tooth at the gum line causing an inflammatory response (gingivitis). Primary care physicians generally leave this to their dental colleagues, but can recommend good oral health, including daily flossing. Some may also prescribe an oral rinse (periodex) to help. See your dentist regularly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Periodontists: Periodontists are dental specialists who have gone through 3 or more years of specialty/residency training after dental school, for proper treatmnt of all arrays of periodontal diseases, dental implants, and soft and hard tissue reconstruction in oral cavity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 more
Does most or at least half of the adult population have gum recession as a result of natural aging into their eighties?
Both are bone loss: Gum recession occurs when you've lost the bone and the gum around the tooth. There can be a combination of causes. Grinding, over scrubbing, developmental defects, or gum disease. A periodontal pocket means you've lost bone but not the gum around a tooth. This is an indicator of periodontal disease. See a periodontist for either of these things. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
Really stressing out about my gum recession. It is pretty extensive, and I'm scared. How much will insurance cover? Is there hope?
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
I have had deeper pockets and more gum recession lately. Can flossing frequently hurt my gums? In the past 2 yrs, I started to floss 3x daily.
Hygiene review: Yes, you can damage gums by being overly agressive with floss or toothbrush. If your Oral Hygiene program is not working, if your gum disease is worsening, you are overdue for referral to a gum specialist. Ask your General Dentist for the name of the best Periodontist in your area, and go now before you loose even more gum and bone support. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers