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What causes receding gums, sensitivity and pain in the teeth?

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Posted on Sat, 23 Jul 2016
Question: Dear Doctor,

My gums are moving away upwards from past 5 years, now if I smile people can easily identify that there is something wrong with my teeth, day by day my teeth is looking bigger, I have following symptoms

* As soon as I wake up without gargling my mouth- if drink water or swallow something I will get severe splitting headache, pain will last for a day or two
* Sensitivity of teeth is drink Hot water, lemon & grapes juices
* My teeth is becoming transparent and glassy
* During nights I can feel too much bacteria formation in my mouth & its stinking
* Frequent Formation of white substance in between my teeth
* Place where my teeth and gum intersects there I can see my gums becoming pinkish and then turning into white
* During day I can always feel that some iching sensation between my lips and back part of my lips
* I have sinus problem
* I have tonsills infection
* No Bleeding
* No toothache

I dont have a habit of drinking,smoking or chewing anything but I eat spicy food a lot, I drink less water, brushing once in a day & I have a habit of drinking half a bottle of water every morning before brushing & I vomit to clean my stomach.
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Answered by Dr. Mahesh Kumar T S (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Gum infection, scaling, desensitising tooth paste

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your query. I have gone through your query.

As far as the receding gums, sensitivity and pain in the teeth is concerned it can be because of the gum infection secondary to deposits over the teeth or it can be because of the malocclusion. Nothing to panic, consult an oral physician and get it evaluated. You need to get the scaling and polishing done. If there is malocclusion, you need to get it treated by braces.

Since the gums are receded the dentin has exposed to oral cavity so you are getting sensitivity. You can use desensitising tooth paste like Sensoform or Sensodyne(as you've already mentioned as using).

If possible upload the images of the teeth and gums so that I can give you better diagnosis and treatment plan.

I hope I have answered your query. if you have any queries reply me back. Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Mahesh Kumar T S (2 hours later)
Dear Doctor,

Thanks for the prompt reply, kindly find the attached photographs of my teeth.

It it possible to stop gum receding?after going through my photographs kindly let me know the exact problem that I'm facing, if possible I will go ahead with treatment like braces. 6 months back I have been to a doctor but she has just cleaned my teeth but didtn answer anything about bacteria let me know what treatment do I need to ask to stop this gum infection.

Is it gum infection or something else?
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Answered by Dr. Mahesh Kumar T S (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Gum infection, malocclusion, scaling, orthodontic treatment

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your reply. I have gone through your images.
As per the images the receding gums are because of the deposits that has resulted in gum infection. It's very initial stages nothing to worry. The other cause can be your malaligned teeth (crowded teeth) that makes you difficult to maintain oral hygiene. So get a scaling done and go for orthodontic treatment (braces).
once the scaling is done the gums will come back to its normal position.
I hope I have answered your query. Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Priyanka G Raj
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Follow up: Dr. Mahesh Kumar T S (4 hours later)
Dear Doctor,

Thanks for your reply,

But gums have already moved away from normal position, how long will it take for gum tissues to grow back on my teeth? With scaling will my teeth sensitivity issue also get cured ?
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Answered by Dr. Mahesh Kumar T S (43 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Scaling desensitising tooth paste

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your reply. The receded gums will not come back to normal position completely. It will return to its previous position by 1 to 1.5mm from the present position. But further destruction or recession of the gums can be prevented by scaling. The sensitivity will subside once the deposits are removed by scaling. You can use the desensitising tooth paste for the sensitivity for 1 month twice daily and later you can continue with the regular tooth paste.
I hope I have answered your query. Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Veerisetty Shyamkumar
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Follow up: Dr. Mahesh Kumar T S (2 hours later)
Dear Doctor,

I have been using sensodyne from past one year, is it ok if I continue even if I dont have any sensitivity ?
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Answered by Dr. Mahesh Kumar T S (7 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Stop it if you don't have sensitivity

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your reply. There is a way to use the desensitising tooth paste. You need to apply it over the teeth and leave it for two minutes then brush it with normal brush. There is no problem if you use it for long time but there won't be any effect once the dentinal tubules are sealed. So regularly you apply it for a month twice daily and later stick on to normal tooth paste. If you don't have sensitivity then you can stop using it.
I hope I have answered your query. Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Veerisetty Shyamkumar
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What causes receding gums, sensitivity and pain in the teeth?

Brief Answer: Gum infection, scaling, desensitising tooth paste Detailed Answer: Thanks for your query. I have gone through your query. As far as the receding gums, sensitivity and pain in the teeth is concerned it can be because of the gum infection secondary to deposits over the teeth or it can be because of the malocclusion. Nothing to panic, consult an oral physician and get it evaluated. You need to get the scaling and polishing done. If there is malocclusion, you need to get it treated by braces. Since the gums are receded the dentin has exposed to oral cavity so you are getting sensitivity. You can use desensitising tooth paste like Sensoform or Sensodyne(as you've already mentioned as using). If possible upload the images of the teeth and gums so that I can give you better diagnosis and treatment plan. I hope I have answered your query. if you have any queries reply me back. Take care.