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Gum loss: gum disease or just violent brushing ?

Hi,

Several months ago I discovered that some gum diminished around several of my teeth. The area of the teeth exposed feel over sensitive when I touch them (though I don't any problem with sensitivity when I eat: its only when I scratch them a little).
Several days ago, it hurted at the back of my mouth and discovered that was also a loss of gum at the very back of it (behind the last tooth: I can see some bone where there is supposed to be gum). It kind of stopped hurting, but when I eat something it can hurt if hard food touches that part.

I never bleeded though, and my gum overall doesn't look bad besides that fact it has diminished around some teeth & at the back of my mouth.

I usually brushed my teeth 2 times a day, much too violently it seems (have to replace my toothbrush quite often). I also did 2 times a day mouthwash (alcohol based): I discovered this is a bad idea.

So I made an appointment with a dentist. But according to bad some reviews, a lot of patients were advised to do a lot of unnecessary & pricy operations, so I'm quite scared he'll tell me it's a gum disease no matter what.

Therefore my questions:
1/Based on what you I said above, do you think I have a gum disease or did I just brushed my teeth too violently ? Or could you help me diagnose that ?
2/When I go to the dentist, how can I make sure he'll tell me the truth if he says it's gum disease (cf. above) ?
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