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Receding Gums Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Gum Recession: I am 21, and am experiencing gum recession on several teeth, on both sides of my mouth.

Mostly on the top left, some of my teeth have reached the stage where the roots are showing and therefore are sensitive to hot and cold.

My dentist says that my gums are just naturally receding and perhaps I am brushing too hard. It is common for gum recession to occur at such a young age??? ... Visitor from UK

Answer:
I don't agree with your dentist.

I suspect that you are grinding and/or clenching your teeth. You could be totally unaware of this, but it could cause a condition called abfractions where tiny pieces of the tooth break because of pressure, just like porcelain would crack if it were traumatized.

The teeth will fracture at the weakest area, at the gumline, and thus the tissue would recede as the tooth cracks there. There could be other reasons that I cannot tell because I can't see your condition.

The treatment for the grinding or clenching, if this is the reason, would be a nightguard or some sort so that you at least cannot damage your teeth while you are sleeping.

I would suggest a second opinion from a private dentist who has some experience in treating this.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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