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Old 03-29-2008, 06:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Ok so I have some receeding gums. Front teeth a bit loose.

No redness/swelling/pus.

Dentist did not say gum disease, but wants to scale them.




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i have the same question, the dentist wants to do a deep cleaning. And I DON"T WANT ONE!! Looking into xylitol. I used to brush with baking soda and salt, and I decided to use regular Tom's of Marines w/ floride and now, my teeth/gums are in bad shape!!

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I've read that scaling can be damaging to teeth, but can't remember where. I've also read that hydrogen peroxide and baking soda are damaging to gums. Vitamin C is supposed to help gum health and to reduce plaque levels, even when brushing is adequate.

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Scaling is just a deep cleaning, including under the gums. It gets rid of plaque and the germs that are causing your periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease does not produce symptoms like swelling, pain, or pus. Your gums recede, your teeth get loose, and eventually they fall out if you don't get treatment.

Brushing with abrasive stuff like baking soda and salt will mess up your mouth, IMHO. Use the softest toothbrush possible, a bit of toothpaste, and brush as gently as you can for 2 minutes. Fluoride is not going to destroy your gums, but brushing with salt definitely could.

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I have had a deep cleaning, and it helped my gum disease (I have peridontal disease). Also, though, I bought a ViaJet, which is like a WaterPik only stronger with better tips for gums. And I used sodium ascorbate (buffered vitamin C) to help with strengthening my gums, both as a tooth brusing aid and internally.

Fluoride may not destroy your gums, but it can weaken your bones and teeth if you get too much. If baking soda and salt are so bad, then why is it the two sisters who wrote "Having Our Say" who lived past 100, one of whom was a dentist, used them with no problems?

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I had scaling done less than two years ago, I don't think it hurt my teeth. Good luck!

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Just wanted to let you know that if anyone has any questions about dental, I would be happy to answer what I can. I am a dental hygienist, or was before I had my baby 5 months ago. I really miss helping people treat and maintain their gingiva and teeth. Would be happy to help.
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Scaling is just a deep cleaning, including under the gums. It gets rid of plaque and the germs that are causing your periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease does not produce symptoms like swelling, pain, or pus. Your gums recede, your teeth get loose, and eventually they fall out if you don't get treatment.

Brushing with abrasive stuff like baking soda and salt will mess up your mouth, IMHO. Use the softest toothbrush possible, a bit of toothpaste, and brush as gently as you can for 2 minutes. Fluoride is not going to destroy your gums, but brushing with salt definitely could.
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