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gum receding swollen + sore

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 21, 2008
  • 01:47 AM

My gums along the bottom of my mouth were swollen but receded (with very large gaps) and painful. I left it 4 ages before seeing the dentist and was even using a babys toothbrush as it was so painful to brush them eventually it got so bad i did go to the dentist. I asked him if i had an absess or infection but he just gave me a scale and polish told me I had calcium build up receding gums recommended me to buy sensodyne and more or less cheerio see you in 6 months. He did say using a baby toothbrush was the worst thing i could have done and that if my gums bleed while brushing then its a good thing cause they will heal quicker. It has been about a month since seeing him I changed my toothbrush (which i have to regularly as i am a heavy handed and long brusher) brought sensodyne (which is rubbish as my teeth dont feel clean) and the usual cordysl mouthwash but my gums are not constantly sore but are still painful and bleed sometimes while brushing but the large gaps remain and the gum still does not look right its not the same colour as the rest of my gums they look paler and more of a light pinky/white rather than red and they dont look like they have just receded they look odd shaped not pointed up around my teeth but more rounded. I know that sounds silly but they look deformed. I still think there is a problem but cant think what it can be and as my dentist is as helpful as a choclate toothbrush then looks like im doing it myself! I do brush regularly and have never had problems with my teeth ever I am 36 with one filling and did have them coated as a child aswell but just lately they have been a nightmare should i go back to the dentist or even a different one for a second opinion?? I dont want to leave it if its something i can sort now and dont want my teeth falling out and how did i get calcium build up?? I have looked around on this forum and cant find an answer. Any answers gratefully accepted thanku.

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  • I would be very interested to know if you find someone who can give you answers. I have had 10 appointments over the past year and a half and have had no answers. I have pain every day so, please let me know if your problems gets resolved.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 11, 2008
    • 05:18 AM
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  • I had good results doing the following:Switched my toothbrush to a baby one. The softer, the better.Ditched store bought toothpastes and now I use tooth soap, oravive and blanx.Also, I'm rinsing with something called Perigum I purchased from Iherb and I also rinse my mouth with propolis liquid extract. This has taken away all the inflammation and tenderness I had. As far as the receding gums...I have no idea. I'm trying to figure this out. My dentist says "it happens, deal with it". It's gotten so bad that I can see the line in my teeth delineated where my gums used to be. From what I've read, this happens because of poor oral hygiene, osteoporosis due to many factors including low vitamin d levels and magnesium. Also, the connective tissue is weak although I can't figure out why.Also, fluoride which is supposed to be the best thing for teeth, is not! It actually promotes the detachment of the gums from teeth. Also, most toothpastes have glycerin which leaves a filmy residue on your teeth and don't allow them to EVER get clean and re-mineralize. Literally, the best thing you can use to get clean teeth is soap. Get a natural soap with with saponified oils and sodium hydroxide and nothing else! Or, buy the toothsoap.I floss, brush and follow everything the dentist has told me. In 10 years the receding gums problem has not gotten better so my dentist (I've been to several) has absolutely no clue! If something's not working, stop, and do something else!Hope this helps!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 15, 2008
    • 03:43 AM
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  • I am 21 years old, I smoke and drink frequently, the initial poster described my symptoms EXACTLY- just the lower gum, tender gums, certain teeth EXTREME pain when touched near the recession line on particular teeth, different colored gums than the top- lighter pink, more swollen, TENDER, SEVERELY RECEDED GUM'S(!!!) I am very worried, I have been to the dentist recently(8+ months), they took X-rays and they have told me the same thing about my receding gums (it happens... me: "but its getting worse! what happens when there is no more gum!!..") I am very worried! I am young and haven't always taken the best care of my teeth I'll admit that, (smoker/drinker) but I want to keep my precious teeth! I self-diagnose myself with advanced peridontal disease i.e. "tooth loss before I hit 30"- I am away from home and am planning on staying where I am on the west coast, I cannot afford a dental visit out of state- should I revert my plans and go home? -Worried Vermonter in Oregon
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  • I have the same problem, my dentist told me im brushing to hard.. and said slow circular motion..
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 11, 2009
    • 04:27 PM
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  • Sounds as though your have gingivitis or periodontitis which is the inflammation of the gums. This is likely due to infrequent visits to the dentist for dental cleanings. During this time, a lot of tatar can build up around the gums causing irritation, swelling and further recession. The dentist will have to do some deep cleaning/scaling with the use of local anesthetic. If this does not resolve, in some cases, the gum surgery may be needed.
    thornhilldental 3 Replies
    • January 2, 2010
    • 11:05 PM
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  • I am 21 years old, I smoke and drink frequently, the initial poster described my symptoms EXACTLY- just the lower gum, tender gums, certain teeth EXTREME pain when touched near the recession line on particular teeth, different colored gums than the top- lighter pink, more swollen, TENDER, SEVERELY RECEDED GUM'S(!!!) I am very worried, I have been to the dentist recently(8+ months), they took X-rays and they have told me the same thing about my receding gums (it happens... me: "but its getting worse! what happens when there is no more gum!!..") I am very worried! I am young and haven't always taken the best care of my teeth I'll admit that, (smoker/drinker) but I want to keep my precious teeth! I self-diagnose myself with advanced peridontal disease i.e. "tooth loss before I hit 30"- I am away from home and am planning on staying where I am on the west coast, I cannot afford a dental visit out of state- should I revert my plans and go home? -Worried Vermonter in OregonI am also 21 years old, I smoke and drink pretty frequently as well. I have been experiencing the same exact problems! It started just my lower gum in the front but just recently my top gum (just in the front as well) as started to get swollen sometimes. The bottom is constantly swollen and very painful and red. My gums are receding pretty bad and my teeth are actually moving. My gums do not look normal at all, they are receding so bad on the bottom there are actually gaps between a couple teeth, and they bleed alot. I can't eat spicy food because it hurts or bite into food with my front teeth. I am TERRIFIED of losing my teeth! I have also taken very good care of my teeth, never even had a cavity. I have not been to the dentist in 2 years or so because I am also living away from my home state and have no insurance. The only thing I could find online was a rare type of gingevitis known as "Trench Mouth", it got that term because back in WW2 young soldiers who smoked didn't get proper dental care. It is most common in people under 35. I need help BAD!!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 22, 2011
    • 02:55 AM
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