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I'm not a dentist but I have the same problems so will be watching with interest.
Around one of my back molars my gum has receeded a lot (I think) but my dentist and hygienist say it is fine as it is for now. I have seen people can have gum grafts done to cover the roots of the receeded teeth and I think I may have read about someone on here having it done.
Can I ask, do you have gum recession on the inside of the gum as well as the outside? Only I suffer with this too but only on the outside which I'm pretty sure that my over-brushing has something to do with it.
Xrays on Monday and I'm terrified that it's going to show bone loss and all my teeth will fall out!
I too have significant gum disease with bone loss and two loose teeth. I brush, floss, use interdental brushes etc etc, but just seem to be holding things at bay. I see the hygienist and my dentist measures my "pockets" around my teeth periodically and frightens me to death with her sharp intake of breath! I don't know what else can be done, just cleaning and monitoring. I do wonder if there is a hereditary link. My DF lost all his teeth in his twenties??
I'm seeing a specialist ATM for my gums, he said there is a section of the population for whom it is inevitable. We can stem it a little with flossing every day, interdental and mouthwash etc, hygienist 4 times a year etc but they don't know yet if its hereditary or some other source. Depressing. There is some research with fish oils and aspirin going on, also some vit/minerals. The point I'm making is its not our fault- some people go whole life without flossing and don't suffer.
I try and stear clear of mouthwashes with alcohol in them as I know it can make it worse. I started using Colgate gum health toothpaste some months ago too. I do know that you can get a toothpaste from the dentist with a high fluoride content which helps toughen the enamel on the exposed parts of the teeth.
Don't know about Chemo but really sorry if that's what you're facing at the moment.
I've always had a very dry mouth, constantly have a glass of water on the go and have read recently that it can contribute to receding gums - will ask the dentist Monday.
There is also recent research to suggest that gum problems/inflammation may occur in conjunction with inflammation of blood vessels within the body too, heightening the risks of strokes and heart attacks. Great.
I have just googled where it says that peridontal disease starts with gum inflammation - gingivits, which causes bleeding gums when brushing. I have never had gum inflammation or bleeding gums and as said before, always flossed and brushed 3 minutes twice a day..? But it does also say that some people are more genetically predisposed to it.
It looks like there are some treatments to delay the progression but without doubt very costly.