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Is Listerine Good For Your Gums When You Already Have A Bad Gum Disease
When you have gingivitis how long does it take for all of you gums to get better. My gums don't bleed, had a deep cleaning in gum line by dentist?
Up to you: See Dentist as often as recommended, but Dentist can't do this alone. You have the major responsibility for keeping your gums healthy. Brush 2 full minutes(zebu the clock) at least 2x/day with sort toothbrush & pea sized portion of toothpaste. Very important, floss or Water Pik daily. Avoid excessive alcohol. Ask Dentist for more advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will a dental X-ray always show if a tooth is infected? A lot of pain but dentist said I just need a good cleaning. And have gums receding.
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.
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?
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. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is there a kind of mouthwash that helps fight gum disease the best? My dentist told me I have mild gum disease, and that if i take care to brush and floss properly at home I should be able to fix it. What should I look for in a mouth wash to help fight gu
Xylitol: Xylitol kills bacteria and bushing with it can help with dental health. I have see patients who brush and floss regularly but still have some gum disease make a marked improvement by using a xylitol containing toothpaste. You may have to get it at a health food store. Less than 1 tube should make a difference. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Is damage to your gums caused by gingivitis irreversible? I like to think i take good care of my teeth, but at my dentist appointment last week my dentist said I have gingivitis and could need a deep cleaning. Is any damage caused by this permanent? What
Yes: Gingivitis is defined as gum inflammation that is confined to the surface of the gums and it is reversible. The reason for treating it is to prevent is from going deeper and turning into periodontitis, a much more serious, and not always reversible, condition. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
If you have plaque on your teeth for more than a day and you don't have receding gums or gum disease can the bacteria go down the bloodstream?
Food Trap : You may have an area of the mouth where food gets stuck because of the way the teeth fit together. We call this a food trap. After a couple of days of good brushing and flossing the smell should disappear but you may always get food stuck in that area. Visit your dentist to make sure you don't have infected gums and/or tooth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dds: a sulcabrush can clean 2-4mm into a gum pocket. If I am very careful, will it still lead to more recession i already have? Just bought the brush.
Sulcabrush?: Not sure if this is motorized or a hand brush. Run it under hot water to soften the bristles and don't put too much pressure on the stroke. Thorough biofilm disorganization in the gingival sulcus should stabelize gum margins once the inflammation subsides. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treat yourself: From personal experience periodontal disease can be effectively treated with supplements and oral probiotics. Data shows that vitamin c with bioflavenoids, colic acid and coenzyme q10 as ubuiquinone can heal periodontal problems. Therafresh probiotics recolonized the mouth with beneficial bacteria and heal periodontal issues. Also doxycyline 40 mg / day decreases bad baceria. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good holistic dental hygiene routine, especially for those with gum disease or tooth decay?
When all of your gums are swollen how long will it take for them to be completely better. I don't have gum disease and I've got a tooth coming though?
My gums are starting to recede a little. Wonderinf if i can stop this by brushing and flossing more, or do I need to get some kind of gum surgery?
Not necessarily: Because gum confers no health benefit, one might more accurately re-phrase your question to: is trident layers the least evil gum?" gum chewing can increase wear and tear on the teeth, as well as the jaw ligaments, joints, and muscles. Sugarless gum does not promote tooth decay, and therein lies trident's putative advantage. Trident contains aspartame, and should not be used by people with pku. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Jaw: It depends. I conducted a chewing research study involving people who had jaw problems. The findings were that chewing gum had different effects on different people. Some people's jaw issues improved while others worsened. How does it make you feel? That will be your answer. If it makes things worst-avoid it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How often do you floss before you cause gum recession to your teeth? i floss twice or more between each tooth for 5 years. i think it may cause it
Periodontal care: Yes. Your teeth are so important. Do everything you can early to protect them. Lost enamel and recession of the gums are both significant predisposing factors towards advanced dental and periodontal disease. Now is the time to take care of them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, for gingivitis!: The greatest prevalence of gum disease is gingivitis. This is an inflammation of the upper visible surfaces of the gums. It is completely reversible by daily flossing and a vibratory toothbrushing technique used at the gum-tooth interface. If you skip a single day of flossing and brushing, a new inflammatory response will occur to the new "growth" of plaque and gingivitis reoccurs. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Only one way of..: Good oral hygiene is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease and maintain a healthy mouth following treatment. However, having routine check-ups and cleanings are also essential as even dentists miss cleaning a spot here or there over time and need professional cleanings by a dentist or dental hygienist. Good nutrition & medical check-ups are also important to maintain overall general health. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: In my experience gum makes many good toothbrushes, however, the brand of a toothbrush is not really that important. Most importantly is always using a soft toothbrush and following proper technique. A review of proper oral hygiene can be found here http://perioprecision.Com/oral-hygiene.Shtml. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I'm 17 and have really bad gum disease, particularly my bottom gums. They're really swollen. What am i supposed to do?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can flossing stop gum disease? I've never been good at flossing until i recently made an effort. When i started, my gums really bled, but they no longer do. Does this mean that any gum disease is gone, or are my gums just used to the floss?
Congratulations! : Congratulations! you have taken a very important step to better dental health and most likely better medical health for you entire body. Bleeding gums are a sign that something is wrong. The fact that your gums have stopped bleeding from better home care probably means that you probably only have the early stages of gum disease. When you remove the soft plaque that accumulates on your teeth and under your gums, the harmful process of toxic waste products which are produced when bacteria use this nourishment to live on, is controlled and the gums begin to heal. However, i think that it is important to see your dentist regularly to evaluate not only your teeth for cavities, but you overall dental health. It is still possible to have hard calculus which form on the teeth, which you can not necessarily see nor remove yourself, and which needs to be regularly removed by your dentist or a dental hygienist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It may help: Vitamin c deficiency contributes to gum disease. Vitamin c is an antioxidant which aids in the maintenance and repair of connective tissue. Its antioxidant properties help in the oxidant rich environment of gum disease. Smokers in particular are very susceptible to have vitamin c deficiency. But, gum disease needs to be professionally treated, because vitamin c deficiency is just one risk factor. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Dental exam: You may notice a fetid odor or loosening teeth or the gum tissue between your teeth will get gray or white and flatten; but the only sure diagnosis is from a periodontal exam and x-rays with your dentist. As long as the bacteria is in your gums, your breath may never get better. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Absolutely, but: Dental disease is a mostly behavioral issue: a result of abuse and neglect. The abuse is high carb/sugar food and drink, dietary and gastric (stomach) acid and toxins from tobacco. The neglect stems from inadequate, inefficient and/or absent excellent oral hygiene. Top it off with the fact that 50% of the population does not see a dentist for preventive care. The immune system can't do it all! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My mom is 47 and has moderate gum disease. She doesn't really take good care of her teeth still. What are the likelihood of her keeping her teeth?
My boyfriend has gingivitis and i discovered he has used my toothbrush. Can i get gingivitis or any other gum disease? Also, other than good oral hygiene, what can he do for his gum issues? Thank you.
Not probable!: Sure, gingivitis and most bacterial issues are transmittable between species however one needs to susceptible. If you are flossing daily, brushing in a vibratory manner at the gum tooth interface, you probably don't have and are not susceptible to gum issues from your boyfriends tooth brush. Think about it...You are kissing the guy ; you're ok! isn't that a more direct means of transmission!. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Do I have to see the dentist more often after being diagnosed with gum disease? At my last visit to the dentist, i was told that I have gum disease. I think i've always taken good care of my teeth, and have never had gum disease before. Should expect or a
Yes, if it's TRUE: I would recommend a second opinion by a gum specialist (periodontist). Depending on the severity of the disease, if present, will dictate how often you should see your dentist. I recommend all my patients come 3 times a year, even though insurance doesn't cover it. Some people need 4 or 5 times a year. Depends on the person. Insurance doesn't know your dental needs like the dentist does! ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Very sore upper right gum and bleeding when brushed and now also affecting other gums. Normally very good brushing. Gum disease? If so, treatment?
Hard to say: Periodontal disease needs to be diagnosed with an examination and radiographs, which cannot be accomplished over the internet. If it has been more than six months since your last dental exam and professional cleaning, it's time to make an appointment. Brushing and flossing diligently is not a substitute for professional care. Make the call... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are gum disease and bad breath linked? I haven't been to the dentist in a couple years, and have recently noticed both sore gums when i brush and persistent bad breath. Will getting my gums looked at fix the bad breath problem?
According : According to the information you have provided, long time without visiting a dentist, soreness of your gums and bad odor and taste after brushing your teeth, are indicatives of a possible presence of a periodontal disease, and it does cause bad breath. I would recommend and immediate appointment to a dentist to determine if you fall into this category for bad breath or the other reason could also be gastrointestinally related, if so you will need to seek help through your general physician. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have bad breath I can't smell. Brush floss nightly. No cavities or gum disease. Have tried nasal washes and saline spray. Any suggestions?
2 ideas: If you have ruled out dental or gingival disease as a cause of you halitosis, consider 1.) LPR or high acid reflux and 2.) chronic tonsillitis in which there are food particles caught in the crypts of the tonsils. The latter is a common cause of bad breath even in the absence of infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it good to use a little peroxide mixed with water after teeth scaling for swollen gums few times a day to help healing and kill gum disease?
Will help a little: The diluted peroxide will keep bacterial levels down, which will obviously help with the healing. Too much use, however, can irritated the tender tissues even more. You are under the care of your own dentist who knows your situation best... It's better to ask him/her for their input since they are treating you. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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