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Any dentists about? Q re gum disease

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HeyMacWey Mon 04-Apr-16 10:37:28

I had half of my mouth deep cleaned with the periodontal last week after some pocketing measurements up to 7mm (mainly the back molars and canines which were 5mm).

For the other half of my mouth scheduled to be done in about 6 weeks.

How long before I start seeing results on the side that's been done? I've been obsessive about flossing and using interdental brushes daily. I was going to buy one of those single tufted brush heads to clean each tooth individually as well and to make sure I was getting round the gum line on the back teeth.

I've been slack with flossing in the past as have cfs/me and when I've had relapses I've barely been able to get out of bed let alone think about dental hygiene blush which is why it's got so bad. It takes about 15 mins for the whole routine which is why I've often only just brushed my teeth in the past.

Now I've had the deep clean I'm determined to make a new start - it's there anything else I should be doing?

Heatherjayne1972 Mon 04-Apr-16 20:06:12

Hygienist here. Sounds like you're on the right path. Yy to a single tufted brushed. Definately use as you suggested around each individual tooth. You could try 'dipping ' it and the interdental brushes in corsodyl daily before you use them. You can rinse with it too do the interdental brushes ten times in and out of each space twice a day I would ditch the floss it's probably too thin unless you have spaces the interdental brushes won't go into
Have you got an electric toothbrush?- it's worth getting one. Tilt it so it brushes the gum line as plaque collects around the neck of the teeth
Ignore any blood even if it's a lot Gums bleed because the bacteria in the plaque irritates so concentrate on removing the plaque
Don't know if your on any medication but some can increase bleeding As for the cfs thing do as much cleaning as you can when you can

HeyMacWey Tue 05-Apr-16 08:32:32

Thanks for your response. I should have asked for hygienists too in my title blush

Yes I'm dipping the interdental brushes in corsodyl so will do the same with the single brush when it arrives. Is it best to do this and then leave for 30 mins or so before brushing or does it not matter? Someone said that the toothpaste stopped the mouthwash from working?

I can fit the yellow brushes through most holes and then using blue on a few others. I tried the orange ones on the really tight teeth but the brush is so tiny it kept bending. I've only been doing it at night but will start doing it after lunch too.

I've got an electric toothbrush and first clean the tops of the teeth and then the outsides and insides. The pocketing is worse on the inside - I guess you can't see the redness as much when you look everyday. I've got the brushes with the crossed heads - can't remember what they're called.

Heatherjayne1972 Tue 05-Apr-16 09:33:58

Hiya the yellow and/ or blue brushes should be snug between the teeth too loose and they won't do any good if they too tight they bend and buckle.
keep tilting the brush on to the gum line on the inside edge It's tricky to see. Might be worth asking the periodontist or hygienist to demonstrate it on a model so you can see it better
Yeah leave 30 mins between using the corsodyl and brushing. They don't mix well.
Sounds like your doing well. Ask at your next appointment what they think

HeyMacWey Tue 05-Apr-16 10:18:10

Thank you - I'd be interested to know your thoughts on this procedure being done by a perio vs hygienist. I felt I was pushed towards the perio option as they'd be able to do the work more quickly. I'm having all four quadrants done. It would have cost £90 for the hygienist and is costing £400 through the perio.

Heatherjayne1972 Tue 05-Apr-16 10:42:24

Ok well hygienist can do non surgical. Whereas the periodontist can do surgical things ( put simply)
Yes I can / have done exactly what you've had done
It's down to the dentist really they referred you to a specialist. But some dentists have a competent hygienist in the practice some don't
( some dentists don't realise / get it / use us properly - we are trained to do this )

Heatherjayne1972 Tue 05-Apr-16 10:44:53

To be fair on your dentist tho he/she may feel a specialist view is important because you may need surgical intervention at some time

ICJump Tue 05-Apr-16 11:04:05

I have pretty bad periodontal disease. Once I had all quadrants done and course of antibiotics my mouth got loads better. I went from a tooth with 2 for mobility to 0. I've also got my pockets down from 9s 7s 5s to 1s and 2. After my first treatment I started seeing my periodontist 3 times a year, then twice and last time he said I can just see a hygienist. That taken me 4 years. But tooth brushing routine is down to 5 minutes now

HeyMacWey Tue 05-Apr-16 11:17:39

Thanks for your feedback heather - I forgot to mention that I've also got one loose tooth which is at 1 for mobility.

That's great you've made such in roads with yours jump. I don't feel like it's such an insurmountable task.

Heatherjayne1972 Tue 05-Apr-16 16:19:32

You're welcome. It's hard work to get it all up to scratch but you sound motivated so keep going.
The mobility may improve depending on the pocket depths and whether it's easy to get to if there's crooked teeth or lumpy fillings
The important thing is to not give up

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