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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

How To Get Rid Of Gum Disease

How To Get Rid Of Gum Disease

Preparation and Back Info

Firstly, always be under the care of your dentist or , even better, a periodontist.  They specialize in gum disease.   

Regardless of what you read here, you should be working with a periodontist if you have gum disease.   

Gum Disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the world.  So, it will pay you to learn how to mitigate this problem and then keep it from coming back.  

This is because the cost of a single implant is expensive.  If you have lost or will lose multiple teeth, the costs will add up - to a LOT.  

In addition, no artificial tooth, denture or other appliance is a perfect replacement for your own natural teeth.  These solutions all come with their own inherent problems and hassles.  

So, having your own teeth and keeping then healthy for a lifetime is in your best interest.  

Know Your Numbers

What you are about to learn right now about periodontal pocket depths will be very valuable to you.  It will give you a way to monitor your own situation and know whether you are making progress or not.   

If and when you get your gums healthy again,  knowing these numbers will help you to maintain your gains and help you make sure you don't slip backwards.  If you do, you will know it by monitoring these numbers. 

The basics:   Generally speaking, most dental health professionals will say that your gums are healthy when your periodontal pocket depths are at 3mm or less.  Conversely, and generally speaking again, most dental health professionals will say that your gums are unhealthy when your pockets are above 3mm.  

Key Point:  This takes the guess work out of your job which is to get your pockets down to 3mm or less and keep them there for the rest of your life.  

On every office visit you have, from now on, make sure they tell you what your pocket depths are, around each and every tooth.  That way you will know if you have a problem or still have a problem. You can compare your current numbers with the past numbers, regardless of whether you saved the past numbers or they did. You should save a copy for your own records - I hope that goes without saying.  Don't rely on others to safely keep your records.  

However, if you don't make sure they take those measurements, you won't know what you had last time.  So this is very important.   Every dentist or hygienist should be taking these numbers at every visit anyway.  Don't leave without getting them done.   

If you are going to a periodontist's office, there is far less chance of them forgetting.  Gum disease is their specialty so they like to know those numbers too.  In a regular dental clinic, it should be done as well.  However, sometimes, this doesn't get done.   A general practitioner's office isn't necessarily geared towards gum disease like a peirodontist's office is. 

What Are Periodontal Pocket Depths and Why Are They Important?  

Basically, these periodontal pocket depths are a measurement of how far a probe can go between your tooth and your gum tissue without meeting with resistance.  The less far it gets the better.  

Again, 3mm or less is generally considered preferable. 

The reason this is important is because it is when the pockets are deeper that the 'bad bacteria' can grow to large enough numbers to start destroying tissue and bone.  This leads to progressively more tissue destruction and bone loss.  The visible manifestation is receding gums and eventually loose teeth. 

Incidentally, if any of your adult teeth are loose right now, you need immediate attention from a periodontist.   This is past the point of prevention and you need help right away.   A good periodontist will have various techniques to strengthen your teeth and make them tight again.  However, you should be aware that many will suggest that you pull the tooth and get an implant.  This is easier for the doctor and more lucrative.  

Therefore, if you are in this situation, you might have to hunt around a bit for the 'right' doctor.  You want one who is interested in saving your teeth and not in pulling them and then providing an implant - unless you don't care and that is what you want.  

You may have to look around a bit.  The doctors who have this skill to the greatest degree are periodontists.   However and again, you need to find one that is interested in saving your teeth. Therefore, you may need to go to several, ask a lot of questions and pick one who wants to help you with what you want.  You want a doctor who won't go for the easy path of extraction and implant and will really help you to save any loose teeth you have  Got it?  I hope so.  

Again, if you have any loose teeth, go immediately to a periodontist.  Do not delay.  Go right now! Loose teeth are a sign that you have an advanced problem and prevention is no longer what you need. You need immediate attention for any loose adult teeth that you have.

Before this point is reached, you want to shrink those pockets up so that the tissue destruction will stop or be retarded.  The pocket depth numbers give you a more or less objective gauge to know how you are doing.  You'll be able to better determine if what you are doing at home is working or not.  

So, you see, keeping your periodontal pocket depths under control is an extremely important aspect to blocking the progression of gum disease.   I'll speak more about that later. 

I hope I have thoroughly explained the pocket depths and why they are important to you.

Your Home Care Is The Most Important Aspect To Stopping This Problem

What you do at home is the most important aspect to shrinking your pockets and keeping them minimized.   This is pretty obvious when you think about it.   You can only visit your doctor's office a few times a year to get checked up, get your teeth cleaned and have any needed work done.   No one will be there to clean your teeth daily for you.  So it is entirely up to you.

Plaque is a word that most people have heard before.  It's a big problem.  It's a 'living' biolayer of bacteria and their secretions, among other components.   The bacteria are actively building the plaque and the continue to do so constantly.

The plaque is important to the 'bad' bacteria that cause cavities, tissue destruction and even bad breath.  They need the plaque layer to remain intact.   The reason is that when the plaque layer is intact for about 24 hours or so, the 'bad' bacteria are shielded from oxygen.  When this happens, they use a form of are able to use a form of metabolism that is called 'anaerobic' or without oxygen.  This is where the problems start.

The anaerobic form of metabolism leads to acidic waste products.  It is believed that these waste products are what cause the tissue destruction.  This is why you want to disrupt plaque on a daily bases.  No one will be there to do it for you unless you are extreme and pay someone to brush and floss your teeth for you every day.   So it is really up to you.

This is why what you do at home every single day is the most important factor in your dental health. That plaque must be disrupted frequently, even multiple times per day.

I hope you now understand why you need to take action at home.  If you have the problem of gum disease and you have been doing regular brushing and flossing up until now,  you may surmise that you need something more.

Well, the statistics would agree with you.  If you remember, I mentioned that gum disease is something that affects about 75% of people.  It is difficult to imagine that 75% of people don't brush and floss, although I suppose it is possible.   Anyway, if 3 out of every four people still have gum disease then maybe those activities alone are not enough to stop this problem.   

Two Key Points About Gum Disease That Can Empower You, Reviewed

So, far we have covered two important points to keep in mind.

1. The daily disruption of plaque is very important to your dental health

2. Knowing your periodontal pocket depth numbers and what they mean are key to knowing where you are at and where you are headed compared to where you have been.

In addition, when and if you can get your pockets to 3mm or less, you know that most dentists, generally speaking, would consider your gums healthy at that point.  The process of tissue destruction, should, barring any other consideration, be arrested at this point.

Then, you know that you have to maintain the 3mm or less levels or the problem can return again.

Without the daily disruption of plaque and preferably multiple times per day, you also know that the 'bad bacteria' that cause this problem have a free pass to multiply very rapidly.   This living bio layer must be disrupted frequently.   Failure to do so means the rapid proliferation of what you don't want.

This is why even your dentist or hygienist should be telling you that what you do at home is of the most importance.  They can only see you a few to several times per year.  What you do at home is absolutely crucial to you.

However, you still need your dentist for regular checkups, to clean your teeth, fix any problems and of course, to check your periodontal pocket depths.

Hopefully, this all made sense to you.  Now, we can move on.

What You Should Know About Gum Disease

If you feel like the above information made sense, but you would like to know more than the following is for you.  It is also for you if you had trouble understanding the above as it will explain these concepts again in different forms.  

What You Should Know About Gum Disease Is a book that I wrote, you can purchase a hard copy here or a digital copy here.  

That book should really fill in any gaps you may have.  Anyone who purchases that book is also permitted to call me personally for further discussion.  

How To Stop Gum Disease In 4 Easy Steps

Another digital publication I have is call How To Stop Gum Disease In 4 Easy Steps.  It's shorter than above book and doesn't contain as much information, but it is free. 

You can get your copy, for free,  here.   *Please note, that it does require an email address to get it emailed to you.  

How To Get Rid Of Gum Disease

Now that we have the background out of the way, we can talk about what MIGHT work for you.  I say might because there is virtually nothing in the medical or dental realm that works 100% of the time for 100% of the people.

Therefore, there is always the possibility that it won't work for you.   However, you have learned, from this page, that you can use your periodontal pocket depths to figure out if it, or anything else you try for that matter is working for you.

So this page has a wealth of good information on it, so consider linking this page and sharing it with others - in order to help them too.

With the knowledge you now have about periodontal pocket depths, you can figure out what helps you and what does not.   Once you have those pockets shrunk, all that is left is to maintain them.

I tried a lot of things when my dentist told me I had this problem.  Nothing seemed to work.

I was getting frustrated and the dentist was trying to get me to submit to a Scaling and Root Planing treatment.  This is also called a 'deep cleaning' or SRP treatment.

As I just mentioned, nothing I tried worked.   I tried various mouth rinses, essential oils, and oil pulling but nothing worked to get those pockets shrunk and the dentist continued to push me towards the above mentioned treatment.

All of that changed for me, however, when I discovered the HydroFloss.  I used it a lot, more than I had to as I have since discovered.  But when I went back to my dentist, she was completely shocked.  She said to me "Whatever you are doing, keep it up."  You don't need that treatment anymore.

What was odd is that she never asked me what I was doing.  It was as if she didn't want to know.  I thought that was interesting.

I have since learned that many other people have obtained similar results with the HydroFloss.  That's why I sell it on this site.  It worked and it did the job.  That was over 10 years ago.  It has continued to keep my pockets under control and I have never been told that I have gum problems ever since.

So, the HydroFloss is the one device, I know has worked for a lot of people.   You can read more about it here.  

David For


PS: Whatever you do, please be under the care of a good dentist, preferably a periodontist.  They can monitor your progress and keep you on track.