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What causes receding gums and dry mouth?

I have suddenly notice receding gums in two places in my mouth. I've also been experiencing dry mouth for some time. I do suffer serious sinus issues, but have been under my doctors care for that with no apparent ty to the dry mouth. Do you have a theory?
Mon, 9 Jan 2017
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Hi,

As per your complain receding gums seems to be due to infection in gums and when the infection proceeds deeper there is loose of attachment of the gums to the teeth leading to gum recession. However dry mouth can also cause gum infection as in case of dry mouth there is loss of flushing/cleaning action of saliva leading to debris accumulation inside mouth.

Dry mouth taste can be due to causes like severe dehydration, side effects of medications if you take any, salivary gland dysfunction, nerve damage supplying salivary glands, oral infections like thrush, and Sjogren's syndrome.

As of now for dry mouth chew sugar free chewing gums.

- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid regular mouthwash and use specialized mouthwash that are formulated for dry mouth patients like Biotene.
- You can also instill artificial saliva drops.
- Suck tart candies as it also stimulates saliva flow.

For receding gums you should consult a Periodontist and get evaluated and deep scaling and curettage can help.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Honey Arora
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