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Question:
I have good teeth...have been cavity free for years except my gums are shrinking and so several are filled in to cover the roots. I have a recurrent pain in my upper left gum area since mid spring of this year and sometimes in my lower left only not as severe.

My dentist said they look ok and x-rays were negative. Would like to know what suggestions you might have for home remedy or treatment of pain. ...Visitor from MN

Answer:
I would suspect that you are grinding or clenching your teeth, which is causing erosion of the gum area. The sensitivity comes from exposed nerve endings on the roots.

Buy some Gel-Kam at the drugstore and rinse with it twice a day. Keep it in your mouth for at least 3 minutes to soak your roots. Also use some Sensodyne toothpaste.

If you have headaches, I would encourage you to find a TMJ specialist in your area who can properly diagnose any CMD type problems. Contact me if you have headaches, TMJ, or other facial pain problems.

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