Having been plagued with badly receding gums for a number of years now, despite having great oral hygiene, healthy teeth and no gum infections. I have seen a variety of dentists (including a very expensive holistic one in Harley Street (for those outside uk Harley St is supposed to be THE place to go ha ha not too sure about that now though!) who removed all my amalgam fillings. Finally, chatting to my current NHS dentist, he mentioned teeth clenching. I know this may sound really stupid to most people but I didn't actually know that there is meant to be a small gap between the teeth and they should only come together really when we eat. Even as the dentist was talking I realised my teeth were firmly clenched!
Since being aware of this I have noticed that I do it a lot..... when I am concentrating, when I am at work, also (because I have a hearing loss) when I am straining to hear what people are saying, when I am driving and so on. I am still shocked that I didn't know about this and that not one of the previous dentists had mentioned it to me.
I shall be getting a mouth guard next week (which strangely will cost me les going private £60 that £100 on the NHS - go figure!)
Anyway, we shall see if this helps, or at least prevents the gums receding further. I think they are way too far gone to grow back but hey I follow 811 so you never know :)
I just wanted to let people know in case there are others out there not making any sense of why they have this problem.
love to you all