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What is the best way to help gums infected with gum disease? i have sore gums, especially in the back of my mouth, but i do floss and brush daily. is there anything i could be eating or drinking that makes this worse?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Travis Campbell
Cosmetic Dentistry 13 years experience
Sore : Sore or bleeding gums are signs of gum disease. Alcoholic or acidic (sodas, sports drinks, etc) drinks can have a negative effect on your teeth and gums. However, these alone will not cause sore gums. Seeing a dentist or periodontist for a periodontal screening would be the best way to start.
Dr. Jonathan Scharf
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
It's : It's probably not your diet and as stated above the sooner you seek professional help the better off your gums will be.
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
While : While diet can have a minor influence on gum disease, the best approach is to be seen by a dentist or periodontist for therapy and maintenance, usually every 3-4 months.
Dr. Duane Keller
46 years experience
Bacteria control: Bacteria grow in the valley around your gums. Brushing reaches 1mm and floss removed 15% of the plaque. You need something like the perio protect method that has been shown to be a better treatment than deep cleaning j clin dent 2012) and it also has been shown to kill 99.98% o the bacteria that cause the disease j den res 2007. Used daily the bacteria do not grow back. Look up perio protect.

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