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Brush Up: Do you know what causes gum disease?
by Staff
Fortunately, a little knowledge about gum disease can lead to a lifetime of better care to prevent and conquer it, or at least to keep your teeth where they belong: in your mouth. What do immunity, fertility and even heredity have to do with how pink your gums are and how well they hold your teeth? And is it just the gums that hold those choppers in place? Bone up on your knowledge of all things gummy; it might not be as scary as you think.

Periodontitis can cause gingivitis.

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Gum disease is irreversible.

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Brushing with a lot of firm, vigorous up-and-down strokes can dislodge tartar.

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A professional who specializes in caring for the gums is called an endodontist.

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A professional who specializes in caring for the gums is called a periodontist.

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Small, metal rulers called pokes measure the depth of space between the gums and teeth.

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Normal or healthy pockets between teeth and gums are between 3 and 5 millimeters.

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Children rarely have gum disease.

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People with dentures, or those who lose some teeth, no longer have to worry about getting gum disease where teeth are missing.

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Poor dental hygiene is the leading cause of gum disease.

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Scraping and root plating are commonly used to clean teeth deep down.

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Antibiotics are used to fight gum disease in only the most extreme cases.

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In response to increased bacteria around the roots of teeth and down deep into the gums, the human body grows more bone to protect the mouth.

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Increased blood flow to the mouth ensures that pregnant women have an extra layer of gum protection during pregnancy.

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This mouth condition in pregnant women is called pregnancy gingivitis.

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Gum disease will definitely lead to symptoms of heart disease.

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Your parents can give you gum disease.

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Plaque is the leading cause of gum disease.

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Periodontitis is reversible.

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Successful gum disease treatment will leave you edentulous!

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