(Closed) Receding gums :( only 26 years old.

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Newbee

A lot of times people will have recession due to brushing too hard. You really should not be putting any pressure on the brush to your teeth while brushing. It is important to make sure you are flossing and brushing properly to avoid doing any harm. You can’t really get any recessed gingiva to grow back up… The solution to this would be a graft.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

My dentist told me to make sure to brush, floss and mouthwash 2x a day and to make sure I do it for sure at night. She said that flossing every single night elms keep the gums from continuing to recede and it’ll help them reattach themselves. I had a deep cleaning last July and had the issue and now, it’s helped a lot. Hope that helps you a bit. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

MacKaylarae:  have you used a waterpik? It’s flossing without the actual floss. I love it way more than flossing and it’s better for me because I have very sensitive gums!

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by  omglauren.
Post # 7
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Newbee

I don’t think that you are flossing or brusing too much. Just make sure you aren’t putting pressure on it. Also with flossing you should be going up in down with a “c” shape around the tooth below the gum line to remove any plaque that has built up there. Some electric brushes have a pressure sensor that will either buzz or stop the brush if you are doing it too hard. Getting one of those might be something to consider. I believe almost all oral b models have it but only the high end sonicare have that feature. I’m sure your dentist will have some ideas for you and will be able to give you some guidance! Good luck 🙂

P.S. A waterpik is generally not considered a replacement for flossing. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had braces twice as well and it’s usually from that. At least that’s why I was told I have it. I had to have one graft when I was 20, but nothing since. My dentist recommended a water pic to help prevent more recession From gum disease.  Not that I have any just a precaution to stop firther damage for he future. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Minxbee is spot on – my densist said the same thing because they also noticed that my gums were receding (and I’m 28). they said it’s from brushing too hard, and to use a softer brush and focus more on my actual teeth vs. the gumline. Still need to floss obviously, but just try not to brush as hard. You’re not alone. 🙂

Post # 10
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Honey bee

MacKaylarae:  hey there! I am 27 and had the same problem. My dentist thought it was due to brushing too hard and recommendEd switching to an electric toothbrush. I switched 10 months ago and saw improvement. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m 29 and mine also started to recede after braces (which I had from 21-23). It’s just two teeth with receding gums, but they get super painful whenever I’m sick (i.e. a cold), I guess because of the extra infection in the body. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Hey. I’m a dentist. Like minxbee said (with lots of other good info too!), please do not replace flossing with a waterpik. A waterpik is a good add-on but should not replace normal brushing and flossing. 

And please continue to brush at the gumline. (Look up Bass brushing technique.)

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

MacKaylarae:  I was a dental hygienist, husband is a dentist.  The bigger worry here is that your gums are an indication of what is going on with the bone that is underneath. The gums follow the bone. You may have periodontal disease, when you go to your cleaning, ask the hygienist to do gum measurements, normal measurements are 2-3 with some 4’s ok. If you get mostly 4 + with 5’s and 6’s or higher you have periodontal disease and must discuss your options with the dentist.  

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

In the same boat as you, op! And I am 24 🙁 I bought an electric toothbrush and try to brush very carefully/gently but im not sure it’s helping. I think some of my issues may be due to grinding my teeth at night–but this is just speculation. Totally get where you are coming from though, since we are both so young to get something like this! 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Hi! Im 27 and have the same problem. I actually went to a specialist two weeks ago and they have to do gum graphs on me! They actually have to get tissue from a tissue bank and sew tissue in my mouth and I have to go through it 5 times for 8 teeth! The gum specialist only wants to do one section at a time so I have to go through it 5 times! I had no idea that this could even happen. My teeth are straight, white and I actually love them. The specialist told me it could have been from my mouth being so small and then getting braces. Also, always use a soft brush (I have always used mediums). The way I look at it is that its fixable and not the end of the world, it could be a lot worse! 

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by  katy498.

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