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Gum disease has several stages. The initial stage is called gingivitis and is an infection of the gingival (gum tissue). In this stage, gums become red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. The underlying bone is unaffected. In later stages, however, gum disease can lead to bone loss and the loosening or even loss of teeth.
Gum disease treatment varies according to the stage of the disease. At its mildest stages, gingivitis can be treated by clearing plaque and tartar deposits from the gum pockets. Severe gum disease, on the other hand, might require treatment that includes bone and gum grafts.


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If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone.The first thing you should do is talk with your dentist. In fact, if your dentist doesn't take your fear seriously, find another dentist. The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with your dentist. Once your dentist knows what your fears are, he or she will be better able to work with you to determine the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable.
The good news is that today there are a number of strategies that can be used to help reduce fear, anxiety, and pain. These strategies include use of medications (to either numb the treatment area or sedatives or anesthesia to help you relax), use of lasers instead of the traditional drill for removing decay, application of a variety of mind/body pain and anxiety-reducing techniques (such as guided imagery, biofeedback, deep breathing, acupuncture, and other mental health therapies), and perhaps even visits to a dentophobia clinic or a support group.


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All toothpastes help remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives. Some whitening toothpastes contain gentle polishing or chemical agents that provide additional stain removal. Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains only and do not contain bleach; over-the-counter and professional whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide (a bleaching substance) that helps remove stains on the tooth surface as well as stains deep in the tooth. None of the home use whitening toothpastes can come even close to producing the bleaching effect you get from your dentist's office through chair-side bleaching or power bleaching. Whitening toothpastes can lighten your tooth's color by about one shade. In contrast, light-activated whitening conducted in your dentist's office can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter.


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Exposure to all sources of radiation -- including the sun, minerals in the soil, appliances in your home, and dental X-rays -- can damage the body's tissues and cells and can lead to the development of cancer in some instances. Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of X-rays is extremely small.
Advances in dentistry over the years have lead to the low radiation levels emitted by today's X-rays. Some of the improvements are new digital X-ray machines that limit the radiation beam to the small area being X-rayed, higher speed X-ray films that require shorter exposure time compared with older film speeds to get the same results, and the use of film holders that keep the film in place in the mouth (which prevents the film from slipping and the need for repeat X-rays and additional radiation exposure). Also, the use of lead-lined, full-body aprons protects the body from stray radiation (though this is almost nonexistent with the modern dental X-ray machines.)


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You may need a root canal if you have a severe toothache, usually along with swelling in your jaw around your tooth. When the pulp (the soft tissue inside the roots and center of a tooth) is damaged from a cracked tooth or other injury, or from a deep cavity, it can get infected. This can cause pain, swelling, and even an abscess in the bone around the tooth. To treat the damage, your dentist can do a root canal to remove the pulp from the tooth's roots and pulp chamber, treat any infection, and fill the tooth. You will then need a crown over the repaired tooth.


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First off, NEVER use a straw to drink the first week, this can loosen the blood clot under your stitches, and result in a nasty thing called dry socket. You want to avoid that occurrence at all costs. Dry socket results in the intensity of pain increasing, and healing taking a turn for the worst, no one wants this. So to avoid this, don't use straws, slurp, gargle, or basically anything involving sucking.

Now, to the less serious stuff. . Frozen bananas are a great option or any seedless fruits would be good, such as peaches and mangoes. Smoothies are just generally good. great texture, taste.
Also try ice cream and milk shakes.If you're looking for a healthier alternative, I'd just say don't. You'll only be eating like this for a few days, up to a week at most if you develop dry socket, and you never eat much. You're already in pain, why not make it a bit better with some sweet, good tasting comfort foods.
Other food options are beans, baby food, scrambled eggs and oat meal
One last hint on food, stay away from rice for the first week. the rice can become lodged under the stitches, and as I already noted, this really isn't fu.

Now for some comfort hints:

Reusable ice packs will quickly become your best friends.try getting the long lasting ones so you only need four, and can just swap them out from the freezer to your face, the good ones can take only a few hours to re-freeze.
Also, your bed will also need to be comfortable. the first few days, you should stay down, as to not increase your blood pressure which can cause throbbing. This throbbing can cause pain, and will make the healing slow. You'll be pretty bored by the time the second day comes around, so having things like a TV moved into your room if you don't already have one, a laptop, and a hand held device with a bunch of games is great.
Well, that's the end of the hints, tips and tricks. Good luck to you and your wisdom tooth removal after care. Have fun with all the sweet and tasty foods, and having basically no responsibilities for the first few days.

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