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Do You Have Gum Disease, Gum Disease Cure

Have you noticed some blood in the sink while brushing your teeth? Are you aware that it’s your 1st warning sign of a gum disease?

A mild stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and it will only infect your gums if you have it. When left untreated, this infection will travel underneath the gum line right into the bone. At this time, it becomes more severe and now your gum disease is called periodontitis.

Both periodontitis and gingivitis have proven to increase the risk of developing cancer, pneumonia, osteoporosis, heart disease and diabetes. Early discovery of gum disease will be the best cure.

Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease cure will work best if you discover and treat your problem prior to letting it get out of hand, or develop a serious disease. Thus, you need to understand what you should look for.

Here are some of the symptoms you need to know.

Swollen and red gums

This is the first sign, you will notice your gums is in need of attention as they swell and turn red. Gum diseases generally start along your gum line with inflammation. Your gums can become painful or feel tender. They will easily bleed during brushing or flossing.

Having bad breath

Because of your mouth being wet permanently and nicely warm, it is ideal as a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria clings to the plaque on your teeth, then releases toxins which can irritate your teeth and gums, thus, causing a foul smell. This can be a symptom indicating that you have a severe gum disease. With gingivitis, your breath may not change much.

Gums get smaller

If it seems that your teeth are getting longer, you should know that there is no chance of them growing and it’s the gums that are shrinking. The bone will start to collapse and the gums separate from your teeth forming pockets beneath. When your gums pull away from your teeth, it is called receding gums.

With sensitive teeth

Your teeth might tell you something if you find you have to flinch when you have a cold drink. Most of the time, this symptom can go together with shrinking gums and a gum disease. If you have receding gums, it means that your tooth’s sensitive part is exposed which is called dentin. This is why cold air and water causes your exposed teeth’s sensitivity.

Shifting or wiggly teeth

Lately, you might feel as if your smile has changed. This could be from gum disease attacking your jaw bones. The jaw bone holds your teeth in place. Gum disease causes them to move or loosen. The main cause for this action is periodontitis, it will also be the reason that as you bite, your teeth won’t fit together.

Gum Disease Cure
The goal is to be able to control the infection. Your dentist needs to establish what part is affected and trace from where it originates to offer the right treatment.

Here are some of the treatments your dentist can perform.

Deep cleaning

This is the first treatment and involves an in-depth and careful cleaning of the gums. It’s different from an ordinary cleaning, where they normally clean only above your gum line. This will be a deep cleaning that goes beneath your gum line.

This procedure is normally called scaling. They scrape the tartar off from above, as well as below the gum line. The dentist might also do a root planning, that will involve smoothing all the surfaces of your teeth’s roots. This treatment assists your gums to reattach to the teeth.

Both of these treatments might take a couple of visits to your dentist.

Medication:

You won’t find a magical cream or pill to cure your gum disease. Although, the dentist might prescribe specific medications that will accompany the treatment.

These options may include the following:

Antibiotic microspheres or antiseptic chip

This is tiny particles or a gel that needs to insert into the pockets of your gum, which will gradually over a period of time release medication. It can help to reduce the pocket size and clear it from bacteria.

Antibiotic gel

After your dentist performs a deep cleaning process, you need to spread the gel onto your gum pockets in order to control infection.

Enzyme suppressant

It’s a tablet that blocks specific enzymes present in the mouth that break down your gum tissues. This will be required after you had a deep cleaning done.

Oral antibiotics

These tablets or capsules could be prescribed in the case of an infection that is more serious.

Surgery

If the deep cleaning treatment didn’t solve the issues, you might need a procedure that can go much deeper in order to repair it.

The dentist can recommend one of the following.

A gum graft surgery – Your dentist will use some tissue collected from your palate or another area of the mouth. This is to cover any of your tooth’s roots that are exposed in order to stop decay or loss of bone. Additionally, it will also help with sensitive teeth.

Flap surgery – To reach tartar that is deep below the gum line, the dentist will lift your gums. Your gum will be stitched back into place to make it fit tightly around your tooth, and preventing any more tartar to form on your teeth.

The dentist might recommend that you use an antimicrobial mouthwash to swish around in your mouth and make it a part of your everyday routine of brushing to control any bacteria.

If your gums are red, swollen or your breath has a smell, see your dentist, confirm that gum disease is not your problem.

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Discovering Needs

Jesus said, “ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”

Written by Hope on 19/05/2013
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Church And Community, Service
"You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”(Matthew 21:22)

Having a child has taught me a lot of things about meeting the needs of another person. As an infant, my daughter, like all babies, was unable to supply anything for herself. As she aged and grew, we’ve taught her to do more and more for herself. Our ultimate goal, of course, is for her to learn enough to become a secure, intelligent, Christian adult.

What We Want
It’s difficult to know what little ones need, sometimes. One of my daughter’s frustrating habits is neglecting to say when she has a basic need – such as hunger, thirst, or a restroom break. Unlike God, the Father Who “knows exactly what you need even before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8), human parents can’t always “just know” what a child needs. As the Apostle James taught the early Christians about the Heavenly Father, “you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it”(James 4:2). We encourage our daughter to talk about what she needs or wants. Then we can decide how to meet her needs; however, we won’t always get what she wants. And God won’t always give Christians what we want, either: “even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong” (James 4:3).

Not What We Expect
Jesus said, “ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9). So why doesn’t God answer every Christian prayer with a “yes”? Sometimes our motives are wrong. And just as my daughter doesn’t know what’s best for herself from her young perspective, Christians don’t always know what’s best for ourselves from our earthly perspective. God knows what’s best for us, and He “causes everything to work together for the good of those who love [Him]” (Romans 8:28). Maybe the answer to our prayer doesn’t look like what we thought it would; sometimes God has a better plan! St. Paul trusted God’s provision and told his friends that “this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches”(Philippians 4:19). All God’s children can trust Him to meet their needs – in His way and in His time.

Prayer, Care and Share Jesus
If you cannot physically assist someone in need – Pray Now!

Scripture: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6:34

In Scripture Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow – just to deal with today. His heart is also that we, as believers, will assist the people around us (believers or not-yet-believers) with the troubles they have today.

In a previous Prayer, Care & Share (PCS) teaching we are called to meet the needs of people around us by solving problems using our skills, talents and gifts, encouraging them or praying for them.

JUST ASKING THIS QUESTION is a proven way of discovering a person's real need: "If there was ONE THING I could pray for you, personally, what would it be?"

Example: When greeting a co-worker last week I asked the ONE THING question and he responded: "Please pray for my marriage, my wife and I are in a dry season." I prayed that God would help him court his wife in a new way every day and God changed his whole attitude in that minute!

The ONE THING question politely asks permission before you pray and we encourage always pray in the Name of Jesus so that there is no doubt to which god you are praying.

You may wonder what happens if the person says they have no concerns. Well, then you revert to the Bless step of PCS and say: "Can we simply ask God to bless you?" Most people then say, "Yes, please".

Very rarely someone might say "No" they do want prayer. Then keep being friendly and talk about other things (which is the "build relationship" part of PCS). When you walk away you can then intercede silently with God for the person who refused prayer.

A Helpful Tip:In most countries it is a cultural custom to ask people how they are when you greet them. Sadly we most commonly respond: "I am fine." What you can do is to continue the greeting by asking: "How are you really?" Often they'll tell you their real concern and that concern could be the door opened to PRAY NOW for them!

Pray this week:

God will purify our hearts and motives.

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