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Gum Graft on the Horizon? Can the Hydro Floss Help?

Twila Asked:

Hi Dave,

My dentist is insisting that I go and have a procedure for recessed gums
(evidently when I was young and we all used very hard toothbrushes it was NOT a great thing to do).

What he is recommending is to have a gum transplant where
they take tissue from the roof of your mouth and sew it where the gum is
recessed.

Could you please share your thoughts about this and if you think the hydrofloss system would work? A friend of mine told me that I should try the hydrofloss first.

Thank-you for your time.
Sincerely,
Twila

Response:

Hi Twila,

Thank you for writing in with your question.

You certainly have opened up a large topic with many little nuances to think about. With that said, I’ll do my best. You can ask follow up questions if I missed anything.

I advise you to visit a periodontist for a second opinion from that of your dentist. They know more about gum health.

First: I can NOT tell you that the Hydro Floss will make your gums grow back. If I were to do that there would be a lot of professionals out there that would get pretty angry with me, not to mention the FDA , etc.

Making gum tissue grow back isn’t part of the mainstream thinking – yet.

So, let me say this: What the Hydro Floss can probably due for you is to reduce the amount of plaque build up around your gum line and on your teeth.

This may reduce the harmful bacteria and you may see a small amount of gum tissue return. You cannot expect that all of your gum tissue will return though.

So how much is a little? I don’t know. I can’t say and I don’t know that anyone on this planet could say what will happen in your mouth or any other given mouth. That’s the reality. I wish I could tell you I knew beyond a doubt that it would help – but I don’t think it is right to say such a thing. On the other hand… Maybe it can.

Here are some suggestions that may also be of interest to you:

  • Gerard Judd wrote a book called: Good Teeth: Birth to Death. In this book, he said that you could use sodium ascorbate or calcium ascorbate, dissolved in water, as a mouth rinse and that after using it, you can press against your gum tissue with your fingers. The ascorbate (and I personally use the calcium ascorbate – rather than the sodium) is vitamin C.

    It is not the same as ascorbic acid – which is the common form you see Vitamin C come in. So please be careful to make a distinction. You can usually find calcium ascorbate in a health food store.

    You press on the gum tissue, and in conjunction with the action of the calcium ascorbate, it may help with the attachment of gum tissue. (Some will disagree with Judd, but I think he is right)

    Check with a doctor or pharamacist before trying this to make sure that there aren’t special reasons that would preclude you from doing this.

  • Get some chewable coenzyme Q-10. Even government websites extol the virtues of CoQ10. Chew on these through out the day. This may help to strengthen your gum tissue.
  • Brush very gently, if you are not brushing gently already. Which I would guess that you are. In fact, I often like to brush in such a way that I lay the bristles gently against the teeth and simply vibrate instead of ‘brushing’. It takes a lot longer to brush my teeth that way – but most experts say people aren’t brushing long enough to do much good anyway.
  • Finally, get a second opinion, but this time look for a periodontist to take a look at that gum tissue. They are the gum experts and they are better able to tell you whether you need a graft or not.

    I have no idea what shape your mouth is in. Therefore, any I cannot offer any real advice. But even If I did see, I couldn’t say anything. I’m not a doctor or a dentist.

    Therefore, I’ve just made some general comments.

    Ok, those are some ideas for you. I hope that helps!

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask.

David Snape
Author: What You Should Know about Gum Disease.

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