Gum Disease

Gum disease affects over 50% of the popualtion. What are the symptoms and causes of gum disease? As a Davenport dentist, I will explain gum disease in a question and answer format.

Q.What is gum disease?
A. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum and supporting tissues of the teeth. Periodontal disease affects the gums and bone that suppor the teeth.
Q. What are the symptoms of gum disease?
A. Most of the time, gum disease is silent, no symptoms, no pain. In it’s beginning stages, periodontal diseae starts as gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums and early symptoms are bleeding gums. Many patients say they notice bleeding gums, but think bleeding is normal. Your gums should never bleed. Bleeding is a sign of inflammation.
Q. What are the causes of gum disease?
A. There are many opinions and treatment ideas. It is my opinion that most periodontal disease is caused by diet. And lack of essential nutrients. I have found that vegans and vegetarians have more gum issues becasue their diet is deprived of essential fatty acids, vitamins and nutrients like zinc, vitamin B-12, Co Q 10 ( essential for heart and gum health). Vegans do not get proper essentail proteins found only in animal proteins and essential amino acids that contain sulfur which is needed for a healthy mouth. Vegans are essentially starving and in a sense, veganism is a slow starving death. The gums fall apart because nutrient deficiencies.
Q. What is a healthy diet?
A. Here is a very easy answer: Eat like a caveman. When you wnat to know what to eat, think if a caveman would eat what you are going to eat. Would a caveman drink soda? Would a cavman eat cereal, soy, candy, and bread. Caveman ate animal protein everyday. Animal protein is essential for good health, even the fat and skin and cartilage.
Q. What should healthy gums look like?
A. Healthy gums should appear pink and not red, no bleeding no swelling.
Q, How does this Davenport dentist treat gum disease?
A. Many times, we first recommend a cleaning ao scaling or root planning to remove calculus or tarter. When your diet is improper, you can accumulate tarter whcih can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Q.What food supplements is recommended for gum disease?
A. Normally, I recommend fish oil or flax seed oil to reduce inflammation and gum inflammation.

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