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I am 22 years old and have never had any real problems with my teeth. I woke up a couple of days ago an notice that the gum on my left canine tooth had receeded to the point it is now. I brush my teeth, floss when I remember an use mouth wash. My concern is why this is happening and what is it? I have not been able to see a dentist yet and am only freaking myself out more every day. Can you please help me out with what is goin on. The picture I have attached has been reverse so it looks like my right tooth but it is in fact my left.

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Hi Brian,

I would start with your general dentist.  Show him your gums and teeth, particularly your upper left Cuspid.  Show him where it is receding.  It would probably also be a good idea to see a Periodontist which is a specialty that deals with Gum disease.  See if you get a referral from your general dentist.

Receding gums can be caused by many factors.....including bacterial gum infection, genetics, improper or aggressive brushing, infrequent visits to a dentist for general cleanings, grinding or clenching your teeth.  Plus a slew of other random reasons that only a board certified dentist could appropriately determine.

I would not wait.  Much of good dental care centers around prevention, and the idea is to stop this problem early on before it becomes any worse.

If you have not already, make sure that in the future, you go to your dentist for a general cleaning and teeth examination every 6 months.

Best Regards,
Jonathan
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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.

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About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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