How to fix my gums
August 15, 2012 4:41 AM Subscribe
My gums appear to be falling apart. Is there ANYTHING I can do about them before I get scolded by my dentist? Tell me about the time you fixed your gums on your own.
posted by windbox to Health & Fitness (55 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
My gums are a bloody mess. I can feel them inflamed up/separating from my teeth where they meet against the roof of my mouth. They bleed sometimes when I eat, but after I brush you'd basically think I performed surgery - when I spit its almost entirely red. This has been going on for about 3 weeks. I am pretty sure its gingivitis and especially worried it is periodontitis.
I always felt I took average care of my teeth - I brush once in the morning really well and gently along my gumline, and at night I might do a crappier, rushed job. Sometimes I end up skipping a morning/night on the weekends if I crash at a friends house after a night out. I do not floss regularly. I realize this is not prime dental care but had no clue it would lead to this.
I plan on scheduling an appointment with my dentist about this, but I want to know if there is ANYTHING at all I can do to reverse this before I get a lecture about it? Is this even reversible? I bought those little floss picks and started flossing every night very deeply an carefully, but I don't feel like I'm actually cleaning anything - there's no plaque coming up, just lots and lots of blood.
Keep in mind that I am already scheduling an appt with a dentist. I'd like to know what else I can do, before I see him. Is this even reversible?