receding gums?

on Jul 20, 2010 @ 10:02 am

I recently noticed my bottom I guess I'll call em canine teeth, the gum is starting to recede, is there something I'm doing wrong? can this be reversed? I do have braces, could that be the problem? I'm freaking out a little bit and i'm not due for another check up for two months, and I can't afford to go in until then so I need some comfort and some advice, I always thought of myself as a very clean person I brush my teeth after anytime I eat even if its just a snack, I gargle with peroxide I even use a waterpik how could this be happening to me? I thought I took pretty good care of my teeth thanks for any help or comfort

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Brushing on Jul 20, 2010 @ 10:32 am

I've always been advised by my dentist to use a soft bristled toothbrush going up-and-down rather than side-to-side, and not to brush too hard. Have you switched toothpastes recently? There may be ingredients you are sensitive to. If you're really worried, you may want to go in for a checkup to make sure everything is in order even though your next appointment is in 2 months.

Ali de Bold
Flossing on Jul 20, 2010 @ 01:24 pm

Receding gums is quite common. You definitely need to go to the Dentist though as it will either be something you can help to repair by additional flossing and proper brushing technique, or it could be something you'll need to get fixed.

A friend of mine has this problem but it runs in the family. Her mother just got surgery for it. That's an extreme scenario though.

Make an appointment with your Dentist and they'll give you a proper diagnosis and next steps. Good on you for being on top of your oral health!

Might be genetics on Jul 22, 2010 @ 11:30 am

My mum has receding gums and she had a surgery for it a few years ago. I also have receding gums.

My dentist told me it is genetic. At some point I will also have to have surgery. I'm dreading it, it sounds so painful ( I think they take some skin off the palate and put it in your gums). My mum says it is not so painful.

What I do to stop the receding to go further is that I brush my teeth with warm water. I know it sounds distusting, but it softens the bristles on the toothbrush!

Not flossing enough can be a problem on Aug 20, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

Wikipedia has a great page on lots of causes and some treatments.

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