Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What You Should Know About Gum Disease Part 28 Video

Part 28 of the Book:   What You Should Know About Gum Disease

Plaque Is The Enemy

Consistent, daily disruption of plaque is the secret to defeating many dental health problems, including gum disease.

The problem with plaque is that it harbors bacteria that are able to exist in an 'anaerobic' form.  This means that they use a biologically inefficient form of metabolism that leaves acid chemicals as a byproduct.

These waste products can attack your tooth enamel as well as your gum tissue.  The saving grace is that the plaque must remain intact for this to happen.

If the plaque is disrupted and the bacteria underneath are exposed to oxygen, they will die or revert to 'normal' efficient metabolism that does not produce the same harmful waste products.

Plaque will quickly begin to reform as soon as it has been disrupted.   It is believed that in about 24 hours it will have sufficiently regrown to shield the 'bad' bacteria from oxygen to the point that they can rapidly multiply and secrete more and more waste products.

Therefore, the work of disruption must be done daily.

Brushing and Flossing

These are definitely worthwhile plaque disrupting activities.  They should continue to be done.  The question is:  Are they enough?

The answer, I believe, lies in the fact that dental health professionals tell us that about 75% of people have some gum disease right now.   That is a frightening number for sure.  

I believe that it also answers the question about whether brushing and flossing are enough to prevent gum disease.

The Book:  What You Should Know About Gum Disease discusses what this problem is and what else might be helpful to you in your fight to put an end to or prevent this problem that attacks so much of the human race.   You can get your copy of that book here. 

Of course, you should get your regular dental cleanings and work with your dental health professional all the way.   But, if a little knowledge helps you to prevent lost teeth and expensive treatments, then it is more than worth the $20 or so that the book costs.

Whatever the case may be,  this problem definitely afflicts a lot of people.   Most people do not know they are part of the 3 out of every 4 that are affected.  They may not find out until later when the disease progresses to 'noticeable' levels.  But, at that point, the damage has been done.

Why reach that point?   Stop it now.


PS:  You can also read:  How To Stop Gum Disease in 4 Easy Steps, get it here.

I speak in general terms, specific questions about your unique dental health situation should be directed to your periodontist.  

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