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Periodontal (Gum) Disease
I have periodontal gum disease and I just tried rinsing with hydrogen peroxide. Right after my gums and teeth hurt a lot and are sensitive.
Wanted to know if i can trust my new dentist who says i need gum treat due to signs of pre-gingivitis or pre-periodontal disease?
Always...: Gum disease is a common name for periodontal disease. It is chronic disease, like diabetes , arthritis, high blood pressure etc.. Once you get it- it is forever...Early signs may be gums bleeding, bad breath, later you may get teeth moving and, if neglected- you may loose teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria, there is some genetic predisposition also. So, my advise is: do not wait ..! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's your opinion on gargling with half peroxide-half water to prevent gum disease? My dentist, whom i like very much and respect, has suggested that i floss daily, brush twice a day, and get my teeth cleaned twice a year to avoid future periodontal dis
Simply no: Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizer, just like bleach. It will destroy good cells as well as bacteria. Your dentist is mostly right. Floss, brush, rinse...That is the new paradigm. Following perio treatment Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) rinse may be indicated, but this is not for long term use. Listerine zero (no alcohol or burn) is a great product. If you have periodontal disease you most likely need more than a yr. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Sometimes: It depends upon how advanced it is, and how committed you are to better oral hygiene and seeing a periodontist for proper definitive periodontal treatment. As it progress it becomes more and more difficult and in the latest stages impossible. That's why it's so important to see your dentist for routine checkups in order to detect and treat things early. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Silent: Gum disease is one of those silent diseases that don't manifest symptoms until disease is somewhat advanced. Puffy, bleeding, swollen, sore to the touch gums are often early indicators. One of the many reasons you should see a dentist 2x/year is to help prevent gum disease. Please call your dentist now for an appointment to see if your gums are healthy or not, and what to do about it. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Signs of gum disease: The signs of gum disease are subtle. Especially in the earliest stages, you might not even notice it, which is one of the reasons that regular checkups are so important. As the disease progresses, you gums may begin to bleed when you brush or they may look puffy and unnaturally red. Symptoms such as pain, abscesses, and loose (or falling out) teeth develop as the disease becomes more severe. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Some signs of: Some signs of gum disease are bleeding and\or swollen gums, loose teeth, and bad breath. There are others. The only way to know for sure whether or not you have gum disease, what stage, and what treatment is indicated is to see your dentist for a complete and thorough dental examination. Don't postpone that as things only get worse the longer you wait. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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