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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;
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
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?
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.
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.