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Exposed Root Surfaces: I only use a soft toothbrush and I floss and use a proxy brush every day. Nevertheless, I have major gum erosion of my bottom teeth, which has resulted in exposed root surfaces.

These areas are extremely sensitive and are also prone to decay. Is there any sort of gum surgery which could re-attach the gum to the tooth to cover up these root surfaces? If not, what is the solution?

I have had a lifetime of significant decay and restoration and would dearly love to find a solution to this continuing problem.... Visitor from CT

Answer:
Gum recession is always a problem and because there is more tooth structure is exposed the teeth of course are sensitive. I of course can not see exactly the problem you have but in general.... Recession of the gum exposing the tooth structure can be treated with a bonding agent called One Up Bond and a composite to help with the sensitivity.

Tooth decay can many times be stopped or slowed down with aggressive use of Fluoride. This can not be an over the counter product but one the dentist provides. Sometimes the patient uses a fluoride tray and that applies fluoride in high concentration.

The use of an electric toothbrush, such as Sonicare, is a must because it enables you to brush so much better.

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