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

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 16
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

katy498:  thanks for sharing! If you don’t mind my asking, were those procedures expensive? A dentist mentioned i might need them later on down the line 

Post # 17
3036 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

This runs in my family! 

It can be from bushing too hard (we’re all a little ham-fisted in my family – try an electric toothbrush and just hold it over your teeth instead of sawing back and forth), grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep (do you wake up with frequent headaches, stiff neck, facial soreness, toothaches, etc.? You may need to get a mouthguard to wear at night), or just needing to floss more often (at least once daily). Good luck! It’s a really awful problem to have. 

Post # 18
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’m 29 and have had this problem for awhile because of all the orthodontic work I had done in high school, and mostly from grinding my teeth. As the bee above said, if you have symptoms like headaches, neck and shoulder pain, etc, you should have your dentist check to see if you’re grinding your teeth at night. They can make you a night guard, or file your teeth a bit so that your bite is better. Good luck!

Post # 19
10 posts

I am 35 and had (have) very badly recessive gums, partly from genes and partly from brushing too abrasively for years. During stress, my gums would flare up terribly. My roots were exposed in the front, and the tissue was paper thin.I got worried about losing teeth (never have, take care of my teeth very well) and I finally opted for gum grafting 6 months ago and it was a great choice for me. Don’t be scared of gum surgery if you HAVE to have it. Mine went well, and if you have a good periodontist, it shouldn’t be painful. Mine was not painful at all! I neglected the gum surgery for years out of fear. If you are a lot younger, maybe you can prevent any further damage. I’ve heard drinking goat milk and keifer is supposed to help, but who knows. If you have to have surgery down the road … it’s not as bad as people think it might be. At least in my experience.

Post # 20
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

MacKaylarae:  I have a similar problem with two teeth in my upper jaw. In my case, it was actually just caused by the shape of my jaw… there was nothing I did to cause it and there was nothing I could have done to prevent it. I just wanted to let you know, though, that those “painful sounding grafts” aren’t nearly as bad as they sound… Googling always seems to show the worst stories from people! I had a gingival graft done about a month ago and it was honestly no big deal. I was uncomfortable the day they did it and did take a couple of painkillers that evening but the roof of my mouth felt fine by the next day. Overall, I’d say the worst part was that it was annoying having to only eat soft foods for several days when I was really hungry! Plus, now the sensitivity is gone… the graft was very worth it for me and I would not hesitate at all to get it done again.

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