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Compass H e alt h PERIODONTAL SOLUTIONS Are you self-conscious because your gums are receding or uneven? The gums and teeth may require cosmetic and corrective treatment for several reasons throughout our lives. Trauma, aggressive brushing, periodontal disease, age, birth defects and previous orthodontic treatments can sometimes cause the gums to recede. Receding gums can expose our teeth, causing our gums to appear unhealthy, uneven and unattractive. Many people don’t notice that their gums have receded, since it’s a gradual process. However, over time, an exposed tooth root can not only look ugly, but can cause tooth sensitivity, especially when eating hot or cold foods. Gum and periodontal cosmetic surgery treatments can help correct a variety of health and aesthetic concerns. Gum grafts (also called gum lifts) are performed by periodontists to correct unevenness and to restore alignment to the gum line. This treatment is often used to re-contour the gum line and give teeth a more natural appearance. This cosmetic gum treatment will even out your gum line and show off your stunning teeth and smile. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi is a Board-Certified Periodontist at Brickell Periodontics, specializing in dental implants and treatment of periodontal diseases. She’s also a visiting Assistant Professor at NSU & UF and a National & International speaker in her field; 305.646.1524; BrickellPerio.com. › 44 SUPERFOOD DENTISTRY A recent Japanese study concluded that men who regularly drink green tea have a significantly reduced incidence of periodontal disease. Which raises the question of what else Mother Nature has in her holistic closet. TEX T BY STACY W YNN CITRUS RULE We all know that Vitamin C is essential for healthy gums. But did you know that if you get your Vitamin C from astringent citrus such as strawberries or kiwis you’ll also be reducing food-related tooth discoloration, especially stains from coffee and wine? ONION BREATH Pile raw onions on you next hamburger. Korean researchers have found that they attack the bacteria strains that lead to cavities and periodontal disease. Can’t stomach raw onions? The cooked version still contains a good amount of the necessary antimicrobial sulfur compounds. GREEN DETERGENT Crisp water-laden fruits and vegetables such as apples and celery scour your teeth as you chew. Their cleansing action helps remove bacteria and food particulates before the latter has a chance to harden into plaque, simultaneously stimulating saliva to further reduce bacteria in the mouth.