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Is Listerine Good For Your Gums When You Already Have A Bad 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good holistic dental hygiene routine, especially for those with gum disease or tooth decay?
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 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
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 more
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 more
Have developed a new blue and black spot on lower jaw in old extraction spot I have bad gum disease, only have 17 teeth left, very bad tmj. Cancer?
Yes: Risk factors that increase likelyhood include: smoking, stress, poor oral hygiene, genetic predisposition, suppressed immune system, diabetes, high cholesterol, bacterial transmission through saliva of other contaminated person, familial gum disease, other systemmic inflammatory diseases, etc. ...Read more
Very likely: At any age. The bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. The good news is that this condition is curable. Call your dentist today! ...Read more
Not too bad: Get numbed up, usually do just half of the mouth at a time; and then a reevaluation one month later to see the results of the cleaning. ...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
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