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A 39-year-old member asked:

i've just been told i have gum disease, should i be concerned?

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Dr. Mary Efremov
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: It can lead to loss of healthy teeth you need a dentist who is competent.
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: Gum disease or gingivitis can also be associate with the condition known as periodontal disease. Several medical studies have linked periodontal disease to numerous other health issues from cardiovascular disease to pregnancy. Your dentist should be consulted to evaluate and treat this condition on a regular basis.
Dr. Barry Levin
Periodontics 27 years experience
Yes: I recommend you see a board-certified periodontist for a thorough examination. Treatment can range from non-surgical therapy to surgical treatment. Depending on the nature & extent of your disease, the treatment can vary. Beware of one-fix for all doctors. Everyone's condition is unique & comprehensive treatment & maintenance are key to maintaining your teeth.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of rotting gum disease?

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Dr. David Hicks
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Rotting gums: Red gums gum infections tooth abscesses, pain, halitosis.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How does gingivitis go away?

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Oral Hygiene: Gingivitis is a reversible disease of the gums; however, you must see your dentist to have a professional cleaning which will jumpstart you on the way to recovery. Antibacterial mouth rinses to prevent bacterial growth may be recommended in addition to frequent, careful, tooth brushing and flossing. Please see your dentist before this condition gets any worse.
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How can I treat gum disease?

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Dr. Kenneth Comer
Dentistry 36 years experience
Brush, floss, floss: Your dentist needs to treat gum disease but in order to stop the process they need your help by brushing with proper technique and flossing, flossing, flossing. Sometimes an oral rinse will also be prescribed.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are some of the most common causes of gum disease?

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Dr. Kenneth Comer
Dentistry 36 years experience
Ignorance/neglect: Most common reason people have bad teeth are due to neglect caused by ignorance. If parents dont take their children to the dentist as they grow the kids typically have problems. A lot of times those problems are gum disease. Using proper hygiene techniques you can prevent most gum disease.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is periodontitis?

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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Periodontitis: Itis means inflammation and periodontal is the bone and gum tissues surrounding the teeth. So basically it means there is an infection in the bone and gums around the teeth.

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