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How To Get Rid Of Gum Disease

How To Get Rid Of Gum Disease

Gum disease can cause tooth loss. Brian Halvorsen gives us a few tips that can help you prevent gum disease and help oral hygiene.

Hi, I'm Brian Halvorsen and I'm a dentist. I've been in practice for over 35 years and I've written a book about my principles on holistic dentistry. The book is called Great Teeth for Life.

In this video, I'll discuss gum disease. Gum disease is the most common disease in the world, and it's primarily the loss of teeth for people over the age of 25, and means reason why most people when they get to about 60 or 70 years old have lost some teeth. Now, gum disease starts with just a superficial swelling or bleeding of gums but if this is not treated effectively, it will actually progress.

Now this progression means that instead of affecting just the gum, it affects the bone that actually holds the teeth in the jaw, and if the bone is irritated for long enough, it starts to shrink away meaning that the teeth become elongated first of all and secondly loose in the jaw and that looseness can progress so that not only could the teeth literally fall out, they would actually be sour because as you bit on them, there've been infection underneath them and they would actually move and press bacteria more into the tissue. So this is why it is so important to prevent this stage from happening. Now, to prevent this gum disease occurring where we are actually looking at loosing teeth, then there's a solid amount you can do at home, by good brushing, flossing, using various dental tools that you may have been shown at your dentist or with your hygienist.

However, when we get down to where the gums become shrank or sometimes too swell, there is a difficulty getting at the bacteria and plaque that is actually causing the disease, then you do need the assistance of the dentist and the dental hygienist. They often will use instruments to actually clean up these areas and help the gums to shrink back so that you can do the work at home. Now, some people actually build up a lot of plaque and tartar and therefore, visits to the hygienist can be on a very regular basis, because if you brush your teeth well once then in 24 hours, you will be back to where you were when you started cleaning your teeth, so this is a constant battle that we unfortunately have to face and so if we are looking at preventing loosing teeth, then setup a relationship with your dentist and your hygienist to have them check regularly.

They will have to tell you if you are susceptible to gum disease, some people are lucky, some people are very unfortunate and the thorough cleaning of teeth by a professional, such as a hygienist, often may be required, say every 3 months and is on the individual of how much they think the gums need treating from the point of view of how quickly the plaque is building up. And that's a few tips to prevent gum disease and hopefully losing your teeth. .