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Flossing and Gum Recession Question


I appreciated your video about how to get rid of gingivitis. I have serious gum loss but do not have bleeding or sensitive gums.

I do not smoke. I eat a very healthy diet and drink only water (and quite a bit of that).

I brush my teeth twice a day with a Sonicare toothbrush. I only started flossing about 4 months ago. Can this be something other than periodontal disease?

Also, the teeth that have the most gum loss are crowned and I have a lot of old fillings. Can I have mercury that is being leaked from old fillings that is causing periodontal disease? I appreciate any help you can give.



Hi Joy,

Glad to hear that you are drinking plenty of water! That’s something I think we all need to pay more attention to.

I have a few questions for you.

1. Have you been using either hydrogen peroxide or baking soda? ( The reason I ask is that a very good dentist has told me that every time she sees a case of unexplained rapid gum recession – the patient has always been using one of these two)

2. The only way to tell for sure that you have gum disease is to get an evaluation from a periodontist or dentist – of the two I suggest going to a periodontist because they have much more knowledge and experience with gum disease than a general dentist.
Have you been under regular dental care?

3. I know that you said you have no bleeding but do your gums bleed when you get them cleaned at the dentists office? This is a classic sign of gum disease – but you need a diagnosis from a licensed dentist or periodontist to be sure. My gums did not bleed much at home at all, but they bled a lot when I had them cleaned at the dentists office.

4. Older fillings have far less mercury left in them than newer fillings. Mercury might poison the body in other ways, but I’m not so sure it would cause gum recession in and of itself. But, I wouldn’t discount the possibility.

5. The fact that you said you just started flossing 4 months ago worries me a bit. Does that mean you have gone your whole life without flossing?

Let me know the answers and I can comment further.

This post is for information purposes only and is not intended to provide advice. If you have or think you might have gum disease or any other health care problem, visit your periodontist or doctor for advice, diagnosis and treatment.

Joy, Thank you for asking your question.

David Snape
Author: What You Should Know about Gum Disease
ISBN: 978-0-9814855-0-8

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