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Experience:  Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist since 1990.
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I just noticed the my middle child has receding gums on her

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I just noticed the my middle child has receding gums on her front teeth. Can this be corrected? She just got the teeth to grow in after several months and now the gum line is receding. SHe is six years old.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Dr. Mariana replied 2 years ago.

Dr Mariana :

Hi, I am here to help you

Dr Mariana :

Is the tooth completely erupted?

Dr Mariana :

is it a lower front tooth?

Customer:

I don't understand what's erupted? But It's pretty low

Customer:

yes a lower front tooth

Dr Mariana :

meaning that the tooth is completely in

Dr Mariana :

is it half in or is it completely in?

Customer:

up I'm not sure, but I think so.

Customer:

It may have a little more to go

Dr Mariana :

when you say receding, can you see part of the root?

Customer:

no, just a whole lot of tooth that I haven't seen before. It's lower than the teeth around it.

Dr Mariana :

can you send a picture of it? there is the possibility of sending it through here

Dr Mariana :

maybe I can see and tell you with more accuracy...

Customer:

I can try. Can you tell me how?

Dr Mariana :

there is a little clip icon

Dr Mariana :

can you see it?

Customer:

a paperclip yeah

Dr Mariana :

well, if you take a picture, ask your daughter to hold down her lower lip

Dr Mariana :

take a picture and upload it in your computer

Dr Mariana :

then click on the paper clip and upload the file...

Dr Mariana :

do you think you can do that?

Customer:

okay. hold on for a sec. I'll try

Dr Mariana :

ok

Customer:

i got the picture

Dr Mariana :

ok

Customer:

ill try to send it

Dr Mariana :

go ahead

Customer:

sorry having issues hold on a minute okay?

Dr Mariana :

no problem! take your time :)

Dr Mariana :

I want to show you a picture of a receding gum on a lower from tooth

Dr Mariana :

can you tell me if it looks like this?

Dr Mariana :

http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s506/Mariana_Levy/Recedinggum.jpg

Customer:

okay sure thats easier

Dr Mariana :

ok

Customer:

i'm computer challanged so please give me a moment

Dr Mariana :

no problem…take your time

Dr Mariana :

just copy the link that I have given you where the web address go

Customer:

ok

Dr Mariana :

you should be able to see a picture of teeth and I circled a place where it shows a recession

Customer:

oh dear it's very close to that

Dr Mariana :

you see the difference in color between the root and the crown?

Customer:

yeah. sorry let me take a closer look. I'm starting to cry.

Dr Mariana :

Oh, please, don't cry… she will not loose the tooth !!!

Customer:

Are you sure?

Dr Mariana :

yes… you can have a recession and not loose a tooth!!!

Customer:

it looks so close to it

Dr Mariana :

This is what you need to do:

Customer:

okay i'm listening

Dr Mariana :

You need to make an appointment with a pediatric dentist

Customer:

okay

Dr Mariana :

so she or he can take a look at the tooth

Dr Mariana :

and see what is causing it

Customer:

what could cause it? I brush her teeth?

Dr Mariana :

sometimes a the insertion of the frenum

Customer:

huh?

Dr Mariana :

you see then you pull the lip forward there is a little thin tissue that you can pull up?

Dr Mariana :

let me show you a picture...

Dr Mariana :

hold on

Customer:

okay

Dr Mariana :

http://i1155.photobucket.com/albums/p545/mplevy/79926-1412901-1899122-1975155tn.jpg

Dr Mariana :

Can you see the little sliver of flesh marked by the arrow

Dr Mariana :

?

Dr Mariana :

Sometimes, because of the attachment it can pull the gum down, causing recession

Customer:

yeah

Customer:

okay. I was looking at family dentists. because we don't have one. So look on that specializes in children

Dr Mariana :

yes. I would take her to a pediatric dentist

Customer:

does that proceedure hurt? what does it do?

Dr Mariana :

Hold on just one second ….

Customer:

okay

Customer:

it's okay if you can't find what you are looking for. I appreciate you talking to me and you've been a big help. I'll find a dentist and make an appointment for her in the morning. Hopefully she can get in really soon.

Dr Mariana :

I am so sorry...

Dr Mariana :

My daughter was having a problem :)

Customer:

No you have helpped me. I was freaking out thinking my child could loose her teeth

Customer:

no it's okay. I have kids too

Dr Mariana :

let me read what was your question

Dr Mariana :

ok?

Dr Mariana :

I see

Dr Mariana :

You wanted to know what would the dentist do

Customer:

yes

Dr Mariana :

Well, she would have to see if the frenum is what is causing the problem

Customer:

can I do anything to help it until then?

Dr Mariana :

yes

Dr Mariana :

you need to deep the area as clean as possible

Dr Mariana :

brush the area with a soft brush

Dr Mariana :

make sure that you do it gently

Dr Mariana :

and try to brush upwards

Customer:

I can do that.up wards? okay.

Dr Mariana :

yes, exactly, upwards

Customer:

can i keep flossing it or stop that?

Dr Mariana :

you can buy her a mouthwash

Dr Mariana :

yes, keep flossing

Dr Mariana :

it is easier with the flossers

Dr Mariana :

make sure you treat the area gently

Customer:

okay they type with floride is okay? flossers are the ones on sticks?

Dr Mariana :

yes to both queations

Dr Mariana :

questions

Customer:

okay. I'll make sure of that and I'll buy a softer toothbrush tomorrow.

Dr Mariana :

ok… Don't worry, please

Dr Mariana :

she will not loose her tooth!!!!

Customer:

okay. I'll try not to. I'm so worried about that.

Customer:

I'm scared of the dentist you know.

Dr Mariana :

ok...

Dr Mariana :

the good news is that the scared is you…and not her

Dr Mariana :

so try not to show it to her...

Dr Mariana :

she may have a great experience with the dentist

Dr Mariana :

and never know fear from us :)

Customer:

:) I hope so

Dr Mariana :

I am a pediatric dentist and I always give parents this advice...

Dr Mariana :

you'll be surprised

Customer:

:) thank you so much

Dr Mariana :

Try to have someone recommend a good pediatric dentist

Dr Mariana :

You are very welcome!

Customer:

Thank you!!! I feel yards better.

Dr Mariana :

good luck to you!

Dr Mariana :

I hope you found my answer helpful, please click on the GREEN ACCEPT button below for my answer.

Customer:

Oh yeah it's was very helpful. Have a good night.

Dr Mariana :

And if you have follow up questions you can always address them to me :)

Dr Mariana :

good night

Dr. Mariana, Orthodontist
Category: Dental
Satisfied Customers: 706
Experience: Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist since 1990.
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