so do you think that the fact that i lifted my gum off my tooth like that is not necessarily a big problem? because that really had me freaked out, i thought it might be a sure sign that i had periodontitis because i had never heard of that happening before.
It does not happen in ideal oral health. It indicates that there is a disease process going on in that area so you should have it treated. But it does not mean that you necessarily have a serious or non-treatable problem.
my dentist had recommended i use a crest spinbrush toothbrush because he said it could not hurt my gums. but after about a month of it, i think my gums did get worse so i stopped using it. now, i have an extra soft toothbrush and i put it against my gums and brush in a circular motion, is that alright?
I personally recommend a Sonicare to patients that are interested in a power tooth brush. But I also understand it is a large financial investment, albeit a good one, into your oral health. Whatever works for you is what you need. I am not a big fan of the spin brushes, but they do work for some people. They are very technique sensitive. You can cause abrasion of teeth and wear away your gums even with the softest toothbrush. It is all in the technique. Hold the brush head at a 45 degree angle to your gum line and brush in GENTLE small circles down towards the gum. This gets the bristles down into the sulcus which is the hardest area to clean. If you are applying pressure (any pressure) to the brush you are pushing too hard. Pay your dentist a visit and ask for a demo on how to properly brush. That is part of their job and they will be happy to explain.
one thing i noticed is that the last two days, i've noticed like a line of slimy white stuff along a part of my gums. i'm pretty sure that it is skin that comes off my cheek (which happens sometimes) but just to make sure, that's not my gums coming off, right?
Sounds like plaque. Some people generate plaque at higher rates than others. It is common to accumulate at the gum line which is why it is so important to clean well. The white stuff on your cheeks is something else. Have you ever been treated for a fungal infection in your oral cavity? If the white stuff on your cheeks wipes away then you really should seek treatment from a dentist. White stuff that wipes away from cheeks is not "normal" and can be treated with medication.
and like i said earlier, a few of my teeth seem a little loose sometimes. is this a sure sign of bone loss or periodontitis? or could it just be from my receding gums?
That is impossible to say from across the internet, I assume you are braced?
a few months ago, i started using mouthwash and i told my dentist that it was causing some of my teeth to feel loose and he didn't seem concerned (and my teeth did stop feeling loose after i stopped using mouthwash up until now). he just said i didn't need to use mouthwash.
Correlation does not mean causation. I doubt the mouthwash was the cause of the loose feeling of your teeth. If you are using an alcohol based mouthwash it will dry your mouth and the white "stuff" wiping off your cheeks could actually be chemical burns (I have seen this, kinda crazy!) I personally like Crest Pro Health rinse which is alcohol free and uses a different chemical to attack plaque (CPC). Mouth rinse is a nice addition to a cleaning regime but doesn't replace anything. Again, I am not a big fan of alcohol based rinses in most cases.
he also said that if my gum recession got much worse, he would need to put fillings in my teeth, does that make sense?
Possibly. He is probably talking about glass ionomer material to prevent root caries. Your root surface is not covered by enamel and is much more prone to decay, especially if exposed to the oral cavity.
i've been seeing my current dentist for about 8 years and before now, i've never really had serious problems with my teeth. i've had about 5 cavities but i think two of them were baby teeth. when i brought up the question of whether i might have periodontitis, he just shook his head and said i didn't have gum disease. i have another dentist appointment in a couple of week so i'm going to ask him again and i think i will make an appointment with a periodontist.
Gingivitis is technically considered gum disease. Like I said previously most people in the world have some form of it, albeit it may be very minor and localized. If you are seeing drastic changes in the condition of your teeth or gums then something is going on. The oral cavity in ideal health remains quite stable and boring. There is no harm seeking another opinion from a specialist or another GP if you are uncomfortable with a diagnosis.
i really appreciate your help and advice
My Pleasure, good luck!