Dear Dr. Ellie,
I was having pain in my gums and the dentist did a deep cleaning which took about an hour but said it may not help as the roots are showing…I read that a deep cleaning takes a couple of visits to do it right. I still have pain…what is my next step?
Thanks for your question. I will try to keep this as short as possible:
There are 2 things that you must NOT do:
–>Do not use any whitening/bleaching products
–>Do not use any hydrogen peroxide or baking soda (even in rinses or toothpaste)
There are 2 things that you NEED to do:
1. Make sure that you have a well designed and bacterially-clean toothbrush.
It is easy to clean a toothbrush with Listerine swish the head of the brush around in a little Listerine and then rinse under water.
Allow your brush to air dry every day completely away from any toilet area of the bathroom (germs from the toilet spray into the air and may land on your toothbrush).
This is the number one piece of advice for anyone with gum disease.
2. Go to Walgreens (or other similar store) and purchase the following: follow my directions on how to use these products the results will amaze you (and your dentist)
Closys mouth rinse
Crest Original Toothpaste
ACT anticavity rinse
Best of luck to you please let me know your progress.
Ellie Phillips DDS
Dental Health for Everyone!