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Can Oil Pulling Cure Gum Disease
Is there a way to help rebuild the gum line alternatively to gum grafts. I heard that oil pulling can do this. Is it true? Are there other methods?
Suggestion: If you have periodontal disease, it would be wise to seek the advice of a periodontist. S/he will use therapy and medicaments that have a proven track record of managing the disease. ...Read more
Dental examination: After undergoing treatment for periodontal disease, measurements called probing depths are taken by the dentist. These probing depths help determine your stability or if further treatment is indicated. ...Read more
Remission!: Treatment for gum disease starts with a visit to your dentist. You will need a comprehensive exam, periodontal charting, x-rays all in order for a proper diagnosis. Once your condition is established, your dentist can discuss your individual treatment needs, go over your responsibility for maintenance at home and frequency of repeat professional visits. Gum disease can go into remission, not cured ...Read more
Yes: It really depends on the severity of the disease, and how destructive the patients immune response to the presence of the disease is. The mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis is completely curable. Remove the cause (usually plaque/tarar) and it clears right up. The severe forms involve bone loss. Bone loss is permanent but in some cases bone can be regenerated. Patient compliance is the key. ...Read more
No cure, sorry: It is a chronic disease, which we can make better and manage, but it usually doesn't go away forever. The only known "cure" is to pull out the involved teeth, but please don't do that if at all possible. ...Read more
Severe Gum Disease: Severe gum disease did not happen overnight and cannot be treated overnight. Bone support when severely damaged can lead to loss of teeth, shifting, mobility etc. One full mouth deep cleaning removes build up and debris, The next step evaluates surgery needs: gum and bone recontouring, grafting, extraction, restorative and replacement needs. Then the most important part MAINTENANCE. ...Read more
I have gum disease. I am getting braces. He wants to pull my two front bottom teeth out and cement them to the braces throughout my ortho. Normal??
Ambitious: No ethical Orthodontist would treat unless ALL infections were eliminated first. You have a complex problem requiring interdisciplinary treatment by specialists. Please be evaluated by fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist and Periodontal Specialist. Not being able to examine you I would prefer not to comment on the mechanotherapy proposed other than to say there are other options. ...Read more
What mouthwash is best for halitosis? I know it doesn't cure it, but I'm getting treatment for bad gum disease and need a way to control the halitosis until my mouth is healthy again. I'm looking for a mouthwash that will last more than an hour..
See a periodontist: If you rely only on oral hygiene and not a definitive treatment, the periodontal infection and gum disease always will come back. Periodontist will treat gum disease by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. A periodontist is a dentist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and alveolar bone resorption. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the cause of the gum disease. See your dentist first for a full evaluation. Sometimes your dentist may refer you to a periodontist (gum specialist) for more severe cases. Furthermore, your medical doctor may also be involved as diseases like diabetes can affect the gums. ...Read more
Gum Disease: Bleeding most common.Get a more detailed answer ›
Inflamed gingiva, bleeding, or suppuration around teeth. Periodontal, or gum disease is a common condition affecting the tissues that comprise the dental supporting structure: gingiva, cementum, periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone.
Periodontal disease may be a risk factor for a number of conditions including cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, and pregnancies. ...Read more
Depends: There are different stages of gum disease, ranging from gig eval inflammation to severe periodontitis. Treatment ranges from deep cleaning to periodontal surgery. See a periodontist for an accurate diagnosis. Then a proper treatment plan will be given for your particular stage! ...Read more
A 2009 review of several studies found an overall association between poor oral health and atherosclerosis which can lead to stroke. The reason why is not completely understood but systemic inflammation may play a role.
See study here: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/19757736. ...Read more
It's possible: You've assumed that bleeding is a sign but that isn't always the case. Smokers have little if any bleeding (constricted blood vessels), giving them the false sense of security that their gums are healthy. Usually they are not. ...Read more
General Dentistry: General dentistry is the first line of defense against dental disease. We are usually the first on the scene. Patients first come to a general dental practice to have an overall view at their mouth to determine their dental needs. From there a general dentist will refer out any treatment needing a more specialized care. Gum disease is first treated in the general office and referred out as needed. ...Read more
More information: We need more information. There are way too many possibilities to answer your question properly. Where are they? What size? What color? How long have they been there? Irregular in shape? Flat or raised? Any pain or discomfort? Any medical issues? See you own dentist who may be able to answer your question or refer you to an oral surgeon or periodontist if necessary for an evaluation. ...Read more
Poor choice: The way to treat gum disease is with definitive dental treatment by a trained dentist to include such modalities as scaling and root planing, along with surgical procedures as\if necessary. Plaque control and general health are also essential to success. Adjuncts such as Chlorhexidine rinses and tetracylines may also be helpful in some cases. Get a periodontal consult for your best options. ...Read more
Not everyone: Gum disease is not the only cause of halitosis (bad breath). Fishy foods, onions, garlic, scallions, fermented foods, coffee, etc..., can cause halitosis. Fatty foods may worsen stomach reflux, and send odors up to the mouth. Sinusitis infections can cause odors due to the mucus/phlegm in the nose & throat. Excess fiber or other "undigestibles" can lead to gas and odors coming out the other end. ...Read more
Improve Hygiene: Brush and floss daily everywhere, but at this point you may need a full mouth cleaning to start. If you already have calculus (tartar) build up, then it needs to be removed first. You may also want to look into federal health centers that may be near you and you may qualify for reduced fees. ...Read more
Electric: I think an electric toothbrush like oral-b or sonicare is what you should get. ...Read more
Hormones: Hormonal changes can cause a preexisting gum problem to worsen. It that happens to you, see a periodontist and make sure the periodontist consults with your ob/gyn before you have any treatment. ...Read more
Probably not, but...: ...nobody can say for sure. Some cases of BV in women seem to be related to oral sex, and it is possible that some cases occur becuase of exposure to mouth bacteria. The same kind of bacteria involved in BV are greatly increased in the mouth of people with gum disease. ...Read more