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Question:
receding Gums and Diet: I've had ongoing trouble with receding gums throughout my mouth and was wondering if there is any link to diet, specifically soda or hard candy. ... Visitor from PA

Answer:
The receding gum problem you describe is more of a bacterial gum infection rather than a problem caused by sugar in soda or hard candy.

The main cause of dental tooth decay is the breakdown of tooth enamel by the acids produced by sugars and carbohydrates. Cutting down on sweets, brushing and flossing and using a fluoride rinse before bed are the best ways to reduce cavities. Also preventive dental checkups at least twice a year should be considered.

Gum recession is more a factor of periodontal bone loss, which in turn causes the gums to recede. Bacteria in dental plaque that is not removed between the teeth and underneath the gums, causes an inflammatory response by your body trying to get rid of the infection.

Periodontal disease and bone loss occurs over many years, usually without any pain at all. The only way to prevent gum disease and bone loss is good flossing and brushing every day. Using a fluoride rinse before bed is also recommended.

I would recommend that you make an appointment with a periodontist or a general dentist who specializes in helping patients with gum disease and bone loss. The specialist can help determine if your gum recession is indeed being caused by gradual bone loss around your teeth due to the bacterial bone loss of gum disease.

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