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What Is Good 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 2 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 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 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 2 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?
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 2 more doctor answers
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