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Gum Diseases

Dental treatment

10/24/2006

Question:

Am 20 years old. my gums are bleeding severly and recently my teeth started external decaying. dentist told me to keep on brushing and it didnt work. What should i do? Is there any medicene i can use to stop this? Am afraid to lose my teeth too early, please help.

Answer:

I recommend that you visit a periodontist. At the age of 20, there is one type of gum disease that may affect younger individuals and may cause severe tissue loss in a short time.  The decay problem is probably related to your diet, too. Thus, in addition to brushing/flossing regularly and using a correct brushing technique, you should work on your diet (no pop, etc.).  You should also have a regular check-up including professional dental cleaning.

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Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University