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    Gum Disease

    Gum disease begins as a build-up of bacteria and waste products on your teeth that irritate your gums. Read more →

    Hello. I am 18 and I am really paranoid about my teeth, well gums. My dental history has always been bad, when I was young they told me I was too young to have braces, even though others had them, and now my teeth are all over the place. So I find it hard to trust what a dentist says. My bottom gum line under my bottom row of teeth looks, not so much infected, but raw.. I think it may be receding gums but I'm not sure. It's as if that section of my gums has been cut out and so it goes back a bit. You can also see the bottom of my front bottom 4-5 teeth though the gum, as it's got really thin. It does feel pretty saw and it's really red, although they don't bleed. When I showed my dentist he said it was in bad condition but just brushing properly and using mouth wash would sort it. Thing is I don't trust him, I think they just boy you off so they don't have to do free work on you. I'm starting to think I have some disease and I really don't want to wake up one morning with all my teeth missing. Could anyone help me with this?





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    please just ask your friends and family to recommend you a good and gentle dentist or hygienist and make an appointment.

    Hi the roots of my two bottom front teeth are starting to show (or the gum is very thin) below the gum line, but my gums are not receding. So it looks like there are two holes in my gum below the gum line. It doesn't hurt, my teeth are not wobbly and I don't think I have any cavities. Please can you let me know what this is?





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    can you help i have been suffering for two years now with sore gums it can be sore when i eat for the first time each day my dentist has said my teeth are fine and everytime i say about my gums he just tells me to keep cleaning them i clean my teeth twice a day with corsodyl toothpaste and flossy and use corsodyl mouthwash and dental gel but nothing seems to work is they anyone i can see about my gums apart from my dentist and also is there anything i can get to help my gums





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    My advice would be to see a really good private dentist's hygienist/therapist. A BACD accredited member is a good place to start. You will have to pay, but if it's bothering you this much. Dentists are not all as concerned with gum disease as they could be - especially NHS. A "scale and polish" on the NHS takes 15 mins and that's clean chair to clean chair. I don't think it can be done properly in 15 mins, and if you have sensitive gums...

    I have had very bad gum disease for a couple of years all my teeth are loose and I'm in pain constant, I can't eat properly and my dentist won't do anything because I smoke I'm 33 and used to have an excellent white pair a teeth and straight now I got cracks holes and my gums are receding way pass on to the lip top and bottom what can I do. Can my dentist leave me in this much pain all my roots are showing and all teeth loose please help





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    I have one really loose bottom right tooth, gum has receded badly. I used to ignore it, but now it very difficult to eat in general. I haven't been to a dentist in 10+ years and was embarrassed & ashamed to go now, it's so loose it needs attention after this weekend. I've had dental insurance but neglected it. My BAD!!! I just want to go in to an office & get things fixed, I know now it will probably cause me pain & discomfort, but ready to deal with it, pls help!!!

    Ive got advanced gum disease. Some of my teeth are very slightly loose. I am in the uk and dont have to pay for treatment and I smoke. But I dont want to lose my teeth so im seeing the dentist in a few weeks and will take any advice she gives me including stopping smoking. I hope youve had some joy in treatment. Let me know. Andrea

    I have very bad receding gum on one tooth at the front of my mouth.. Some mornings I wake up and it's really sore. It's about 5mm receding and looks horrible, I'm very self conscious about it and really scared its going to make my tooth fall out. I've been referred for gum graft but NHS dentist said my gum is too thin. .i was referred to private dentist but couldn't afford even the check up. Is there anything I can do? I'm really worried about it. Thanks





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    Your health professionals should know what the best..The following may not be your case but, I had a receding gum line above one tooth and a veneer of some sort was placed over the exposed root. That was ten or so year ago and have no problem since.. When brushing teeth, with this problem or not always buy only SOFT toothbrushes and brush gently not like you are scrubbing the floors..Sore mouth in morning? Possibly try ensuring there is no food particles and rinse mouth with a non alcohol mouth rinse prior to bed and after meals. This will combat against bacteria which may cause infection, and nice breath as a bonus.. Do you have Dental Schools, which teach up and coming Dental technicians?? Sometimes they want volunteers so students can practice and are been overseen by a qualified Dentist?? Like hairdressing schools.This may assist your query re monies?? Your teeth are vital for more than the job they are designed for, they are your face, and you dont want it erroding your confidence if you loose them.. Try a save monies aside and speak to a couple of dentists, some charge more than other or are more understanding and might meet you half way with costs.. its worth a try.. Take care

    HI. i have 2 questions. 1. my gums are receding, opening up sharp edges at the root of the tooth. My dentist wants to just polish the edges off, but says there is nothing to do about the problem... 2. I always got a great tan, since few years I have a problem on my face, I tan in patches, and tan peels of in patches. Dermatologist said it is a permanent sun damage, and I have to use 50+ blocks for my face. But my pigmentation is not stabilizing, I have black-tanned areas of skin on my face (apparently also common in pregnancies) and the other areas just stay red - I can not seem to get even skin tone. thanks





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    please help. I'm 10 weeks pregnant and my teeth and gums are coming away from each other also my gums bleed when brushing. what can be done please? thanks





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    I'm 26 years old and over the last few months have noticed that my gums are getting smaller resulting in you being able to see more amd more of the top of my teeth. Aslo when i brush my gums bleed what can this be and how can i treat it?





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    When you brush your teeth, be a bit more gentler, you can have special mouthwashes that help with this and you should make sure that the foods you eat don't harm your gums.

    you sound like u have gum disease brushing twice a day and using a good mouth wash will help this

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    i am a forty year old female. i am not sure if my question is relevant this site but i just don't know what else to do. i have a top front painful wobbly tooth along with a painful wobbly back tooth, receding gums, i suffer with toothache and abcesses quite alot. i can't bear the thought of going to the dentist due to dread of the pain, cost and them man handling my teeth which will undoubtedly end up with me having dentures which fills me with dread and worry. its making me so miserable as i know what i have to do, if i had some idea of what they might do i might be able to conjure up the courage to go to the dentist, but they never seem to be the friendliest of people. i understand there are other people with real problems and illnesses but i really don't know who else to ask, i just want straight advice. many thanks, Janine.





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    Janine...Don't worry so much about the dentist...At the end of the day, they are just people...You need to go and get sorted....There is absolutely no need for your misery. Just what do you think will happen? No-one likes having to go to the dentist..I hate going, but I'm not afraid of them..All I want is my teeth looking after...Get yourself along there, get yourself sorted.. You are your own worst enemy....in a nice way of course...get yourself there...x

    I had all my teeth out at the age of24,had bleeding gums very bad, are now 64 and for some reason have started this week with pain in my gums which is getting worse, even if I do not wear my dentures, to try to ease the situation, any ideas please





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    Hi, for several years I have been trying to get rid of gum disease. At the last dentist appoitment the dentist said my gums are getting better. How ever my gums are still receding - I brush my teeth twice aday (I still have to scrape of plaque with my finger nail) and I floss. Are there any natural remedies/certain fruit and veg that will help to revert the receding gums and make them grow back?





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    No, sorry, there are no such remedies, though a good balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and veg can help healing. The ONLY answer is effective cleaning and if your can scrape plaque off your teeth after brushing then you are not achieving this. Does your dentist have a hygienist or does he do a quick 'flick' around himself as a afterthought with a check-up?. If that is the case then change your dentist. You probably need 3 monthly hygienist appointments to scale and polish your teeth and show you how to maintain gum health

    I wanted to share my story as its painfully upsetting to me, And maybe i wont feel alone here?. Iam only 25,I have had 3 children in the last 4 years and each time i have got really very bad Receding gums!, I visited the dentist begged for help! to wich i was allways Given Antibiotics and sent home.. After my 3rd child my Gums got sooo bad that my front bottom Teeth just feel out! I cried for days, Then visited a dentist who then told me it was too late! (Yes like i had been saying for the past 3 years), The NHS seem reluctent to help me now,And iam stuck with 2 front bottom Teeth missing aswell as 2 wobbly ones where the next way along due to there been no gums left!, Luckily my gums now im no longer pregnant seem to have stopped receding but alas its all too late what can i do???. Thank you.





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    Im 32 and have receding gums since i was in my early 20's now my bottom front teeth are really shaky with talk of dentures 2 replace them ! My last dentist was charging me 160 2 see a hygenist that i cant afford im extremely worried that i will end up with no teeth at a young age . At what point do they stop receding? Ive already lost alot of bone structure :(





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    your gums could be receding because you are brushing to hard i hope you are using a soft toothbrush to start with... you need to see a dentist to get a full check over i know you may be scared of them but they are there to help you not to hurt you... if you dont see a dentist for this problem you could up with bigger problems then they are now.. with the bleeding gums its because you aren't brushing your teeth properly bleeding gums is a good thing people think its a sign that they sohuld stop brushing but its actually the opposite.. when your gums bleed it means its actually trying to get out the bacteria from underneath your gums but it cant get it all out unless you help by brushing twice a day for 2 mintues and getting your teeth properly cleaned by the dentist every 6 months...

    I am 30yo,My gums are receding an I floss evey day,use a power brush an mouth wash twice a days spend a bomb on the best tooth paste an mouth washes and new heads for my power brush,I've been to tree different dentist an they all say I have healty gums an are happy with my hygiene,I have no redness or bleeding,but my gums still reced,I'm really worried an don't no what to do..





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    my gums are receding im frightened of dentists im 53 should have looked after my teeth properly when i was younger, now i wake up in the morning dribble on pillow & i think its blood when i brush my teeth that are of colour my gums bleed.





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    your gums could be receding because you are brushing to hard i hope you are using a soft toothbrush to start with... you need to see a dentist to get a full check over i know you may be scared of them but they are there to help you not to hurt you... if you dont see a dentist for this problem you could up with bigger problems then they are now.. with the bleeding gums its because you aren't brushing your teeth properly bleeding gums is a good thing people think its a sign that they sohuld stop brushing but its actually the opposite.. when your gums bleed it means its actually trying to get out the bacteria from underneath your gums but it cant get it all out unless you help by brushing twice a day for 2 mintues and getting your teeth properly cleaned by the dentist every 6 months...

    Your gums are receding, so first of all, stop brushing so vigorously trying to get the colour to change. Go out, buy a one dollar SOFT toothbrush and some floss if you don't already have it. Floss first, getting slightly underneath the gum, but carefully. Your gums will bleed a little, don't panic. Next, with your new toothbrush ready, brush in a circular motion on the front and back of your teeth, or an up-and-down motion, DO NOT brush the surfaces side-to-side, that will irritate your gums and make them even worse. Try to spend at least ten seconds on each part of the tooth, and be very gentle with them. The colour will probably not fade, and you'll have to get a whitening at your dentist, but in a couple months your gums should slowly heal. I had this problem as well because I brushing very hard and not flossing, but my gums are very good now and healthy.

    What is the best treatment for receding gums?





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    I have receding gums and its embarrassing im only 16 is there a way I can fix it?





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    I have on the top set a bridge that has 6 teeth on it,my pegs are decaying and my dentist is saying I need to have them out ,which in itself is no problem,my bottom set are lose and my gums are receding at times they are painful and very lose i cannot eat when this flares up...my dentist has said I would have false teeth top and bottom! The thought of a plate being in my mouth makes me feel sick "gag" at the thought of it...I know there are implants I could have but are very expensive and I have no idea if my bone would be able to take the implants...I have always gone to the dentist and thought I was looking after my teeth,even getting over my phobia of the dentis for my boys ( I wanted them to know there was nothing to fear sitting in the dentist chair) but my dentist has told me that there is a DNA factor here receding gums! The end shot for me is I cannot wear dentures so will carry on with my teeth as they are now until I cannot take the pain any longer...is there any way I can check to see if I am suitable for implants?





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    You need to book an appointment for a consultation with a dentist that specialises in implantology. easiest way to find one in your area is to google it. They can assess your bone level and tell you the best options for you. Hope this helps.

    my gums and my teeth are a mess i have two bridges and a sheared back tooth for the last nine years i have always had an abnormal fear of dentist but also suffer panic attacks my jaw dislocates if open to wide and i am to afreid to go to the dentist the fear is too overcoming my gums are quite puffy and sore and receding is there somewhere on nhs that will treat me while asleep





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    im 29 year old female due to domestic violence some time ago i have been in depression most of life leading to poor dental hygiene when I was younger I used to clean my teeth with a toothpick because I was that obsessed with them being clean, and when I brush them my gums start bleeding I have always been petrified of dentist due to this I havent been for about 15 years i had gingervitious which has gotten worse over the years my gums are receding all my back teeth have come out but the roots are still there, the few teeth i have left at the front are wobbling and the enamel has gone, i also have bad breath and swollen gums is there any thing you can do to help me as it is having a massive effect on my life... help me please!!!





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    I'm 16 years old and my gums have become really sensitive over the past weeks. My gums are receding and coming off of my teeth. my two bottom teeth are beginning to wobble and this is really stressing me out and stopping me from eating. When I brush my teeth they literally pour with blood,and i dont even brush hard. I live in France and to go to the dentist it is really expensive and we don't have much money. and I don't know what to do HELP!!





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    Im no expert, but it sounds like you have gum disease or gingivitus, i would advice you to buy an antibacterial mouthwash, hope this helps and sorry about the spelling

    My gums are Receding I would like dental implants for all the bottom off my month dose anyone no how much it can cost





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    Hi, i am suffering with gum decease and my top to teeth go inwards to each other which has been embarrassing for years. my lowers gums feel constantly sore and the receding has become really deep and long. My dentist just says eventually they fall out just like her mothers did and that made me feel really depressed! I feel over brushing the lower teeth had started off the receding and then the toll of ill health and medications ect has carried it on. I wish i could get some support somewhere then rather them just deteriorating and falling out! That just dose not make sense! I cannot afford expensive surgery as believe i would if i could! Could you offer me any help please.





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    yes we could help you out of this, kindly send me you teeth photos and any x-rays if you have at my email. we will have a detailed look at your condition and will let you know about possible treatment plans. regards

    Hi, thank you i will send them as soon as possible,sheila.

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    I am almost 16 years old and suffer from an unusual amount of plake build up receding gums and bad breath, I inherited this from both my parents my mother having bottom dentiors and the same with both my aunties I have sensitivity all over my mouth in every tooth and it is to hot and cold my dentist is useless and just gave me mouthwash which I am still using and does help but I can see it is just prolonging the reduction of my teeth, please I really need PROFESSIONAL advice please help because the teeth that are receding are turning into a funny black grey color when I brush three times a day I find myself constantly covering my mouth and being distressed please help





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    Mandy, I feel for your condition. Gum disease runs in my family so it could be part of your problems. But your in need of deep cleaning as the bacteria has entered in your gum lines and no amount of normal brushing will remove it. YOu can try to get your teeth cleaned to help stop the bacteria from loosing your teeth and your gums pulling away from teeth. When you did not get that tartar removed from your gum lines it just acted as an irritant and harbors the bad bacteria to do damage to your gums and bone. Check out online orawellness , it will be a start , but again you need some immediate cleaning to help your gums to recover. I have used the orawellness after finally discovering it ,when searching for answers to my gum problems online. Also check out natural ways to clean your teeth and gums. I have ordered natural brushing powders to help restore gums and even remineralize my bones , attached to my teeth. It does work. You will be a lot more happy once you try it. I am so glad I found it , is reason I want to share with others that has suffered with Gum disease and receding gums. Good Luck

    I have to say I was both sad to see that there are so many people suffering from the same things I am, but at the same time relieved that i not alone. I am 35, and absolutely terrified to go anywhere near a dental office. So much so I have to have someone else take my kids to their checkups. I am so stressed out though because I have 2 cracked molars on the left side top of my mouth, a rotting one that is leading a cavity into the two next to it on the right side top, holes in my bottom right molars, receding gums, and ally teeth are extremely sensitive to both hot and cold. There is probably other issues but those are the ones I can see or feel. I have bi-polar and anxiety so all I keep thinking and stressing about is that I'm going to lose all my teeth or I'm going to get a massive infection that's going to go into my brain and kill me...crazy I know...but I did mention the anxiety and bi-polar above...what's ironic is that even though I'm so terrified of these things I am even more terrified to set foot in a dentist's office. Not to mention the fact I couldn't afford the work they would probably hav to do. I just don't know what to do. I do brush and floss, and have been trying to read up on different ways to brush and different types of mouthwash for receding gums. I am thinking it's all just going to be a temporary fix though. Ugh...I am so lost.





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    Hi, I'm 16 and my gums are already receding, I think this is due to lack of oral hygiene, which I largely regret. I was just wondering if there is anything that I can do to try and encourage them to grow back, or am I just going to have to live with it? Cheers Leon





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    Hi I am 30 yrs old with 3 children . My teeth are crowded mainly 6 top front ones , they are stained and receding I constantly get cavitys due to over crowding and I can't smile . I'm so depressed I'm now seeing peridentist who has suggested that I need to get my gums into good health but I do brush my teeth so I don't understand why I have so many problems . I feel like no matter what I do it's never good enough I've been told I've lost 50% of the tooth bone on my bottom teeth and am going to end up loosing them . I want braces to straighten them but my gums aren't strong enough so I'm left with awful teeth I just want to cry this is taking over my life





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