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Teeth and receding gums

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ChablisLover Tue 04-Jun-13 11:32:28

any dentists out there?

I have receding gums and one tooth looks quite bad

what can i do?

have made appointment at dentist but am worried sick the tooth will fall out

What can be done to prevent this?

holidayseeker Tue 04-Jun-13 13:03:18

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.

holidayseeker Tue 04-Jun-13 13:04:43

Forgot to mention that I think when you are at the dentist the xray will show if any bone loss has occurred and that is when you worry about the tooth being lose.

gingeroots Tue 04-Jun-13 13:08:53

Oh another watching with great interest .

Dentists and dental hospital all say extensive bone loss . I can see gums have receded waay too much .

But what to do ????
Only advice I have is gentle brushing ,good hygeine with tee pee interdental brushes .

But what else can I do ?

ChablisLover Tue 04-Jun-13 14:12:25

thanks all

glad im not the only one suffering

hoping its not too bad - the dentist bills are horrendous!

toiletbrush Tue 04-Jun-13 15:04:43

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!

beachyhead Tue 04-Jun-13 15:23:55

I was recommended a really soft toothbrush called a curaprox 5460, available from amazon. They are not expensive, but high density soft bristles...

They tend not to make the problem worse and can help a lot..

GrowingUpQuestion Tue 04-Jun-13 15:24:41

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toiletbrush Tue 04-Jun-13 16:24:40

I've flossed daily for the last 20 odd years and always brush twice a day but it doesn't seem to have made a difference. I have lovely white teeth but terrible gums!

CPtart Tue 04-Jun-13 16:38:17

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??

toiletbrush Tue 04-Jun-13 17:15:19

Same here*CPtart*.

My dad lost his in his thirties even though he was fastidious with his dental regime. My brother suffers with receding gums too.

I was actually told in my twenties by my dentist that I probably had a hereditary link as my gums were showing signs of receding then, I'm now in my forties.

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Tue 04-Jun-13 17:24:56

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. hmm
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.

Floggingmolly Tue 04-Jun-13 17:29:59

What section of the population, NaturalBlonde? Is it hereditary?

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Tue 04-Jun-13 17:37:32

He reckons about 5% have the problem more severely.
They don't know for sure why. My parents and sister don't have problems.

ChablisLover Tue 04-Jun-13 19:55:32

Doesn't bode well for me then

My dm had false teeth by the time
I was born!

holidayseeker Tue 04-Jun-13 20:17:04

toiletbrush - my recession tends to be only on the outside.

Plus my grandma had to have all her teeth pulled in her 20's due to gum problems

ChablisLover Tue 04-Jun-13 20:46:23

The recession appears to be on outside only so am hoping its ok

Dm mentioned over brushing

gingeroots Wed 05-Jun-13 09:09:37

Bumping really in hope for dental experts input .
Is mouthwash good ? I use Cordysl ,but it stains .

What is best - floss and or/interdental brushes ?

My gums seem fine ,dont bleed etc ,it's just that they've receded so much .
Teeth aren't wobbly .

But I'm so worried about them ,really dont want false teeth .

And is it true that chemo therapy makes situation worse ?

toiletbrush Wed 05-Jun-13 15:26:42

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.

CPtart Wed 05-Jun-13 16:39:16

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.

gingeroots Wed 05-Jun-13 16:41:42

But are there any dentists who can tell us how to cope with our receding gums ?
And are receding gums the same thing as bone loss ?

toiletbrush Wed 05-Jun-13 20:21:55

It just keeps getting better CPtart grin

I would Google ginger and try and find out more but I know I'll only terrify myself!

toiletbrush Wed 05-Jun-13 20:31:38

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.

gingeroots Wed 05-Jun-13 21:51:18

I can't help feeling that dental care is a bit of a cinderalla in the health world .

It so shouldn't be ,haven't major wars ( Boer War ) been lost not through casualties and death caused by fighting but because the soldiers couldn't eat ?

gingeroots Fri 07-Jun-13 09:33:45

Point proved I think .

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