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Is listerine good for your gums when you already have a bad gum disease?

Is listerine good for your gums when you already have a bad gum disease?

No: That like digging a hole to plant a tree with a spoon! if you have moderate to advanced gum disease, you need definitive treatment. There are no shortcuts. See a periodontist asap. The longer you wait, the worse the prognosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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


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Is good oral hygiene best known way to treat gum disease?

Is good oral hygiene best known way to treat gum disease?

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 more

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Is having good oral hygiene the best way to treat gum disease?

Is having good oral hygiene the best way to treat gum disease?

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 more

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Is the brand gum a good toothbrush for gum disease or not? Why?

Is the brand gum a good toothbrush for gum disease or not? Why?

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 more

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I'm 17 and have really bad gum disease, particularly my bottom gums. They're really swollen. What am i supposed to do?

I'm 17 and have really bad gum disease, particularly my bottom gums. They're really swollen. What am i supposed to do?

Professional exam: You need to see your dental professional asap to reduce permanent damage to teeth bone and gums. It might in rare case be a sign of systemic disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of early gum disease before it gets bad?

Bleeding gums: If you see blood when you're brushing your teeth, chances are you have gum disease. Don't delay, see a dentist for an evaluation and cleaning, as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What is a good cure for gum disease?

What is a good cure for gum disease?

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

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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 more

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Is it good vitamin C tablets for gum disease?

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 more

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How can I get rid of bad breath caused by gum disease?

How can I get rid of bad breath caused by gum disease?

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 more

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Can having good immune system help prevent cavity and gum disease?

Can having good immune system help prevent cavity and gum disease?

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 more

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Will having good immune system help prevent cavity and gum disease?

Will having good immune system help prevent cavity and gum disease?

Yes but...: It will not be a substitute for good oral hygiene, a good diet, and seeing your dentist on a regular basis. ...Read more

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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 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?

Teeth care: very poor. If her dental health is poor and she is only 47 years old, she maybe wearing dentures in her mid 50s. she can reverse changes working with a dentist, and getting routine deep cleanings to prevent peri-dontal disease. ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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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 more

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What is the cause of bad breath? I have bad breath. I went to a dentist office because i thought that I have gum disease. The told me that i don't have it ( I have no insurance, so I have to self pay). They clean my tooth and took X-ray and did'n find an

What is the cause of bad breath? I have  bad breath. I went to a dentist office because i thought that I have gum disease. The told me that i don't have it ( I have no insurance, so I have to self pay). They clean my tooth and took X-ray and did'n find an

Many things: Besides gum disease other factors can cause bad breath or halitosis. It could be related to your diet. It could be related to a build up of bacteria not only on your teeth and gums, but also on your tongue and cheeks. I would recommend a tongue cleaner or gently using you tooth brush on your tongue, cheeks and the roof of your mouth to help reduce the bacteria that can contribute to bad breath. ...Read more

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Very sore upper right gum and bleeding when brushed and now also affecting other gums. Normally very good brushing. Gum disease? If so, treatment?

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 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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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? .

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?


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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 more

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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 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.


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Treat the cause: Any mouthwash with ok as long as the cause of disease is treated. Use biotene (nonalcohol mouthwash)if your mouth is dry. Dry mucosa will cause bleeding as tissue is rubbing and thus the blood smell gives rise to halitosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more


Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Gingivitis (Definition)

A form of gum disease ...Read more