Monday, August 6, 2012

Gum disease also known as Gingivitis inflames the gums to the point of discomfort and if not treated by a Periodontist and not cleaning gums rigorously using dental brushes the gums become inflamed, bleed and that is when discomfort kicks in.  Chewing food starts to become uncomfortable too.

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Gum disease causes daily discomfort and if you're someone who visits a Periodontist to receive a deep gum cleaning known as a debridement procedure, then you are probably someone who uses gum brushes regularly to help prevent the build up of plaque and calculus.  Dental brushes make it very easy to deep clean between teeth and using dental brushes does help prolong time between debridement procedures.  If you visit a Periodontist regularly to control your Periodontal Disease then you are probably someone who understands using dental brushes as a preventive action to help your gums not to overly inflame because of plaque and calculus build up the gingival grooves (plaque traps).  Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue and if someone who has the most common form of Gingivitis known as Periodontal Disease does not take precaution to control their gum disease the disease may progress to Periodontitis which is a destructive form of Periodontal Disease.

Bacterial plaque-induced Gingivitis is the most common form of Gingival disease.  Plaque builds up in the small gaps between teeth known as gingival grooves and plaque traps.  To help control rapid build up of plaque in the plaque traps using a gum toothbrush can clean between teeth to help control rapid build up.  The gum dental brush bristles loosens bacterial plaque that builds up in the gingival groove plaque traps between teeth.  The bacterial plaque that builds up in the gingival groove plaque traps, if not removed properly by a Periodontist, can lead to destruction of the gingival tissues and may progress to destruction of the periodontal attachment apparatus.  Using gum dental brushes to help control toxic bacteria from building up in the gingival groove plaque traps can help control the growth of Gingivitis and help prolong the life of your natural teeth.

Mild cases of Gingivitis can easily be controlled by regular Periodontist visits to receive a deep gum cleaning and using gum dental brushes with your daily toothbrush routine helps too.  Regular deep gum cleanings prolongs the time between debridement procedures.  Debridement procedures can be very uncomfortable to the patient.  Novocain shots need to be administered to numb the gum for the Periodontist to use ultrasonic instruments to fracture the calculus beneath the gum line and recovery can take a few days.  I've had the debridement procedure four times during my adult years and it is a bit painful to receive the Novocain shots, having the gums cut so the Periodontist can get under the gum line to clean out the bacterial toxins that can not be reached without minor surgery and then the Periodontist needs to stitch the gums so they heal properly.  I always needed two days off after having the debridement procedure.

Dental gum brushes do help keep plaque and calculus from building up at a fast pace but not using the proper size gum dental brush is pointless unless the bristles of the dental brush actually rub against the gum and teeth to clean out the gingival grooves and plaque traps.

Four times I've had a debridement procedure to remove plaque and calculus build up under the gum line.  In my opinion it is painful but not extremely painful.  I consider it to be an uncomfortable procedure that requires 48 hours of recouping.  The Periodontist injects about a dozen Novocain shots to numb the gum area to use ultrasonic instruments to fracture the calculus under the gum line then stitches the gum closed.

I took pictures of gum brushes and pictures of my gums after having the debridement procedure.

In this picture you see two different sized gum dental brushes.  I use the wider-larger brush because the bristles rub up against my gums and cleans out the tartar build up in the gingival groove plaque traps.

Gum Dental Brushes
In the next picture I show a close up of my gums after having the debridement procedure.  If you look closely you can see the stitches just on top of the case covering to protect the gums.  Yes, it's a messy uncomfortable procedure but the results received are worth it.


Debridement Procedure
In the next picture I show the right side of my mouth and gums after having a debridement procedure.  You can see the gums are tightening and the gums are not inflamed anymore.


After Debridement Procedure
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