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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Managing a Gum Disease

Here's what you should remember about the golden gum rule: Only floss your teeth you wish to keep. The risk isn't just tooth loss; chronic inflammation from gingivitis can inrease your risk of heart attack and stroke. If your gums bleed whenever you floss, you may have gingivitis: bacteria in plaque are the main cause. Some research suggests it may even be caused by infections passed while kissing. :0

Gum disease is usually linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, pregnancy complications and diabetes. Organisms can move from your gums into the bloodstream, where they can create problems throughout the body. Sugary foods can lead to tooth decays, but they don't affect gum disease. Your best bet would be: Brush and floss, and look for a mouthwash that fights gingivitis and reduces plaque.

You might want to consult your dentist who can spot problems when they're small, not when they become big issues. Electric toothbrush can also help clean the gums around the teeth, but they can't take the place of flossing. Brush for 2 minutes-most of us do it for less than a minutes, on average.

For healthier teeth,brush and floss after meals. If you have bridges or orthodontics, try a water pick. If you have gum disease, your dentist treats it by removing bacteria and plaque from under the gum line with a technique called "scaling and root planing."

Calcium, Magnesium and Phosporus will also help your teeth become healthy. Add them to your diet, or try them in supplement form. If you suffer from periodontal disease, ask you dentist about CoQ10, which may promote cell growth and heal gum tissue.