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Old 06-21-2002, 01:01 PM   #1
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Exclamation Receding Gums & Grinding Pain!

Hello again everyone,
I am suffering from anxiety because of my teeth and a few other things. I am 30 and my gums are receding some. I do not have gum disease, my problem is heavy brushing with hard brushes. Sadly I did not know this can hurt my teeth and gums so much.

Well, now I can not stop looking at my mouth. I run the a mirror every 30 minutes to check out my gums & teeth. I always try to check out other people's teeth to compare. I think it is mostly because I try to find info on the net and all I find is horror stories that scare me to death. Dentist web sites make it sound like every little thing will cause complete tooth loss.

So like I said I have some receding, mostly on my back uppers and I also have some grind damage from all this stress. SO how long will my teeth last me? Another 10 years? Less? The dentist says my teeth are in good shape, no problems on x-ray and no bone loss.

I am in some pain everyday from grinding & I think a little TMJ. I hate worring about this every minute of everyday.

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Old 06-21-2002, 02:00 PM   #2
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What I was told goes with receding gums as people get older is root caries which is tooth decay around the root. My dentist gave me a special fluoride toothpaste called Prevident 5000 I think which helps prevent root caries from receding gums.

I know with me I could not tolerate any change whatsoever to my teeth. It's hard if you've always had good teeth and then these changes occur. I had nine small fillings done like a year ago and my mouth I swear has been traumatized(they shaved down these rear molars and put the fillings) and my teeth have felt horrible for the past year. I have many postings about my bad experience with multiple fillings and air abrasion technology.

Receding gums is a common problem for alot of people and their teeth lasts for many years. Some people go to a specialist, a periodontist for gum treatments and cleanings which help keep the gums in check. For the grinding there are bite-guards which can be worn at night to protect the teeth. But they say everyone grinds their teeth at some point in their life or from time to time. Another thing to help maybe toothpaste for sensitive teeth. I hope you find a good dentist.
But I know with my teeth I look at them alot too after I got these fillings put in which I was told most likely was unnecessary. I look and torture myself with how could I have been so stupid to let the dentist to do SOO MANY fillings at once without getting a second opinion.

Don't worry alot of people have receding gums abd their teeth lasts for many years. Good teeth that show up on x-rays are resilient.

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