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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 1 more doctor answer
Can the general statement be made that adults needing toothpaste for sensitive teeth have some degree of gum recession = a periodontal issue?
Not always: Most often sensitivity is due to to root exposure from recession. Not all recession is due to periodontal disease, and often people with recession have very healty gums, otherwise. Sensitivity can be caused by other sources such as enamel loss, overbrushing, diets high in acid foods, cavities, grinding or bite discrepencies. Desensitizing toothpaste may be sufficient for symptoms, but not always. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does most or at least half of the adult population have gum recession as a result of natural aging into their eighties?
Sort of..: Some minor recession may be normal, BUT most pathological gum-recession that I see is from people that have mildly-moderately brushed/scrubbed their teeth with large aggressive motions! Use gentle/small 'massaging' micro-motions with a soft tooth brush! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 2 more doctor answers
Not likely: But used incorrectly, it can push debris into the sulcus around your tooth instead of dislodging it. The food and bacteria can irritate the gum, which can then cause the recession. Brushing too hard with a hard bristle toothbrush can also cause the gums and bone to recede. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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