Question by sara629686: Gum Disease… Can it be cut out????? help!!?
I am 38 yrs old an ex smoker, i am in the uk my dentist said my gum disease is something he would expect to see on me in 20YEARS time like this!!
So i asked him about having it cut out, (as they do in the USA) he said this method is not very effective? I wonder if that’s because its an english dentist nhs? As im wondering if it would be worth getting it cut out if that is successful practise? Any advice please on gum disease, as i am worried due to my age.
I was also told that this can be a start or warning signs for stuff internally ie cancer etc and to see my gp?
Answer by marchen
UPDATE: On flossing: Different dentists may give different flossing advice. Mine recommends using Crest Glide (which changed my mind about flossing!), and sliding the floss strongly down one side. scraping down against the gum, and then sliding the floss strongly up the side of the other tooth. He also recommends flossing BEFORE brushing.
It seems this may be mainly due to aesthetic reasons, based on my – I must note, amateur and very minimal research. You may want to call a few periodontists (gum/gum disease specialists) and get their opinions, as, if you do have gum disease in the future you may be seeing one anyway.
If that’s all your dentist has to say, you may want to change your dentist! Because in 20 years means not now, which means it’s not to late to start taking preventative measures and protecting your gums now! I’ve linked to some sites which have preventative measures listed (the first one is only about gum disease). The third link is especially succinct and a well organized and clearly summarized little article on all aspects of gum disease including risk, treatment, and prevention measures (page 4). Prevention tips include:
Brush twice a day for at least 3 minutes each time (about the length of your favorite song) and floss daily. If you’re not sure whether you’re brushing or flossing properly, your dentist or dental hygienist can show you the best techniques.
Always brush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride; some dentists also recommend daily mouth rinses containing fluoride.
Use a toothbrush with soft, polished bristles, as these are less likely to irritate or injure gum tissue. Be sure to replace your toothbrush at least every 3 to 4 months — a worn-out toothbrush can injure your gums. (Some toothbrush brands contain color indicators on the bristles to remind you to replace them when they become worn.)
Eat a healthy diet. Avoid snacks and junk foods packed with sugar that plaque-causing bacteria love to feed on.
Don’t smoke! Cigarettes and chewing tobacco cause mouth irritation and are very unhealthy for gums and teeth.
Regular dental care is extremely important in helping to keep your mouth healthy. Visit your dentist for routine care — especially cleaning — at least twice a year. Your dentist can remove hardened plaque and any tartar that you’re not getting to with brushing or flossing.
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