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Hi I am a 26 female and for the last few years I have been freaking out about my gums/teeth. Somtimes I get really paranoid because I feel my teeth are loose and are going to fall out. Every time I would go to my dentist he'd say my teeth were great and that I had mild gingivitis. I have been trying really hard to make my gums healthy, but I am worried they are getting worse. Do they look like they are receding?

Your teeth and gums look good and healthy. Your gums are not receding.
A slight movement or give is normal for healthy teeth since they attach to the bone with a thin layer of soft tissue, the so called periodontal ligament.
Don't worry, you'll get to keep your teeth the rest of your life. Just continue to brush carefully twice a day and floss every evening. And take good care of your health otherwise too.


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Marketta Hormia, DDS, PhD


I am a periodontist living and working in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, where I have my private dental practice. I am an international member of the American Academy of Periodontology. I have a Ph.D degree and a long background in research and teaching at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Turku, Finland. I function as an adjunct Professor at these Universities. I have also worked as a visiting scientist at the Scripps Clinic and research Foundation, la Jolla, CA. I can answer any question in the fields of dentistry and periodontics.


Private practitioner in Helsinki, Finland over 20 years. Former researcher and teacher at two Finnish Universities.

The Finnish Society of Dentists, Division of Periodontology, American academy of Periodontology

Over 30 scientific research articles published in peer-reviewed international scientific journals (can be found on PubMed)

D.D.S., Ph.D, Specialist in Periodontology. Adjunct Professor.

Awards and Honors
Visiting Scientist at the Scripps Research Foundation, San Diego, California, 1992-1994. NIH grant

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Dental patients, national and international. All kinds of dental, oral and temporomandibular joint problems

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