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Dental gum disease. How much do antibiotics help?

Dental gum disease.  How much do antibiotics help?

Supplemental: Antibiotics alone will not help much. Gum disease beyond gingivitis has no cure but can be controlled through initial therapy and rigorous oral hygiene followed by frequent maintenance visits ( usually every three months). Surgery may be done to aid long term prognosis. Antibiotics and laser treatment can be used as well to ensure a good long term result. ...Read more

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Dr. John Francis
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Gingivitis (Definition)

Bacteria in the mouth living in a thin film is called plaque. Plaque that is not removed through brushing can harden and form “tartar”, a hard mineral shell, that brushing can’t remove. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque builds on the tartar surface, it irritates and erodes healthy gum tissue. This early stage of gum ...Read more


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I have dental gum disease, what's my first step to get rid of it?

I have dental gum disease, what's my first step to get rid of it?

Good oral hygeine.: Probably the best treatment for most gum disease is regular trips to the dentist for check-up, and good oral hygeine at home, like brushing regularly, and flossing. Poor oral health can lead to infections that can travel within the bloodstream. ...Read more

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Concerned about possible gum disease or dental problem, what to do?

Concerned about possible gum disease or dental problem, what to do?

See a dentist !: Only a dentist who can examine you can make the determination about your dental health. If you are concerned, call for an appointment. ...Read more

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I don't have any insurance. Where can l get free or very cheap dental services in sacramento. I have gum disease & only have front teeth , left?

I don't have any insurance. Where  can l get free or  very cheap dental  services in sacramento. I have gum disease & only have front teeth , left?

County Public Health: In most counties in the U.S. There are public health services for both dental and medical care. That is where i would start. In sacramento you also have the university there that most likely has a teaching dental clinic that is another very good option to pursue. ...Read more

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How severe does gum disease have to be for someone not to be able to get dental implants? In most cases, are patients healthy enough get implants?

How severe does gum disease have to be for someone not to be able to get dental implants? In most cases, are patients healthy enough get implants?

Most are: Most patients are healthy enough to get dental implants. Treatment of gum disease can help. See your dentist or oral surgeon for specific evaluation and a discussion of the risks, benefits, and alternatives in your particular case. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good holistic dental hygiene routine, especially for those with gum disease or tooth decay?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good holistic dental hygiene routine, especially for those with gum disease or tooth decay?

Dental hygiene: Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing them daily, foods or beverages that contain sugar and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help keep your teeth healthy for life. ...Read more

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Men with periodontal disease had 64 percent higher risk of pancreatic cancer? Should I be worried. I have moderate gum disease. Finally got dental ins

Men with periodontal disease had 64 percent higher risk of pancreatic cancer? Should I be worried. I have moderate gum disease. Finally got dental ins

Be aware: Knowing that some of the pathogens in gum disease are associated with but not necessarily causal for pancreatic cancer really gives you one logical option: Manintain your periodontal health so you have a normal flora or bacterial ecosystem so you have one less thing to worry about! The fewer things you have that are associated with significant disease, the better! ...Read more

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Is it true that with bone grafting, all-on-four and etc, mostly anyone can get dental implants even if they lost teeth from gum disease?

Is it true that with bone grafting, all-on-four and etc, mostly anyone can get dental implants even if they lost teeth from gum disease?

Limitations: There are limitations to all treatments. For example, you can get periodontal disease around implants. Please see your Dentist for an evaluation as to whether implants and crowns or implant supported dentures would be applicable for your situation. Your Dentist may recommend teaming with an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist, or may recommend that you see a Prosthodontist. Go for exam and advice. ...Read more

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Where can I find a really cheap dentist and oral surgeon? I'm on social security and medicare/medicaid and neither will cover dental or vision. I get $839 a month. I have severe gum disease and no teeth left. Some of the teeth came out whole while others

Dental School?: Really cheap dentist and oral surgeon? Those days are long gone. Sometimes in life we need to make a personal financial investment in our health. This may be one of those times. The one recommendation I have would be to try your local dental school. Otherwise, some missionary program at your local church may be able to have local docs donate their services. Keep smiling ! ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Gum Disease (Definition)

Gun disease can range from gum swelling all the way to the bone keeping the teeth in place being lost, this can be be for a number of reasons, if you think you have gum disease please visit your ...Read more


Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more