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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How Do I Make My Gums Healthy?

How Do I Make My Gums Healthy?  

You might be struggling with an issue that you only recently encountered - unhealthy gums, a.k.a gum disease, gingivitis or periodontal disease. 

First, it is important to understand that you are not alone.   Many dental professionals feel that about 75% of people have gum disease right now!  

Gum disease is the number one reason that people lose one or more teeth.   The expensive and imperfect solution of implants or the less expensive dentures are not the best outcome.  Saving your own natural teeth is a far superior solution that may cost less money and pain in the long run.  


If you are in danger of losing one or more teeth right now


If you are in danger of losing a tooth right now, here is a tip:   Go find a periodontist that is willing to save your tooth or teeth instead of replacing them with implants.   Periodontist are the specialists who have skill in this area. 

You may have to visit 2, 3 or 4 of them to find one who will save your tooth. One possible reason reason that you may need to hunt around may be that it is so much more lucrative to pull your tooth or teeth and install an implant or implants.    Doctors make good money doing this day in and day out.  

Since so many people have gum disease, they have a virtually limitless supply of patients who need implants.   

Have you wondered why you have never heard that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss?   Or that 75% of people have gum disease right now?   It seems strange doesn't it?

Yet, the facts are the facts.  You can ask a dental professional that you know, most will say it is 75%.  Some say a little lower and some say even higher.   But 75% is generally what you'll hear.  That's a lot of people!


If A Tooth Is Loose

If you have an adult tooth that is loose, go see a periodontist immediately.   Drop whatever else you are doing and take care of this right away.  

Adults should NOT have any loose teeth at all. 


Making Gums Healthy

How much work you need to make your gums healthy seems to vary from person to person.   Since so many people have gum disease, it should be obvious that brushing and flossing alone works for some, but not most people.   

Of course, you should continue to follow your dentists instructions and brush and floss according to the schedule they recommend.  Brushing and flossing are important and you should do both according to your dentist's instructions.  However, it seems that they may not be enough unhealthy gums.  

That means something else may be needed.  How much, again, varies from person to person. 

One device that I've found to be extremely helpful personally and that others have found helpful too is the Hydro Floss

It is very hard to know what you are working towards if you do not have a measurement to guage the health of your gums.   This should go beyond someone just looking at your mouth and giving you an opinion.

Fortunately,  there is an objective measurement you can use.   The measurement is referred to as 'periodontal pocket depth'.    Every time you go in for a checkup or cleaning, your local office should be more than happy to tell you what these readings are.

You want to be below 3mm.   Generally speaking, most dental professionals will deem your gums to be healthy when your periodontal pockets are 3mm or less.   Anything above, generally speaking again,  is going to be considered unhealthy.

So, now you know the 'secret'.   I hope you use it to your advantage.

Again, the Hydro Floss has been a powerful ally for a lot of people.  You can check out the reviews for the HydroFloss here.  

I hope you found this article helpful.  Please leave any comments, suggestions or experiences that you would like to share in the comments section below.   






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