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Jun 15, 2023

In today’s episode of the Holistic Dentistry podcast, the focus is on gum recession, a common dental problem that can lead to tooth sensitivity, cavities, and tooth loss. The primary causes of gum recession include heavy brushing, clenching and grinding, thin gums, inflammation, and tooth movement. 


Gum trauma and recession can also occur from chewing hard objects or getting a cut on the gum. To prevent gum recession, it is recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush in a small circular motion, targeting the teeth and the area just below the gum line. 


Treatment for gum recession depends on the progression of the recession and the quality of the gum tissue. If the gum has receded more than two millimeters, particularly with non-attached tissue, augmentation is necessary. The preferred augmentation methods involve using the patient's own tissue or platelet-rich fibrin. If there is insufficient patient tissue, donor tissue from a tissue bank can be utilized. However, the use of cow or bovine derivative soft tissue grafting is not recommended due to inadequate thickness. 


Seeking the guidance of a periodontist is crucial for exploring suitable treatment options to maintain healthy teeth for a lifetime if gum recession is present time.

Key Takeaways:

[01:00] Explanation of Gum Recession, Its Causes, and Problems

[05:00] Importance of Gum Health and Gum Grafting

[07:00] When to Treat Gum Recession Based on Progression and Quality of Gum Tissue

[9:00] Indications for Using Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) to Treat Grum Recession

[12:00] Preference for Using Own Cells for Gum Grafting

[14:00] Importance of Growth Factors and Initial Swelling after Gum Grafting

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