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Old 08-16-2001, 03:43 PM   #1
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My friends gums are very pale (almost white) What does this mean and can it be corrected?

 
Old 08-16-2001, 07:37 PM   #2
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I would say that it means that she probably takes good care of her teeth. Does she brush alot and floss alot? It could also be a sign of what is called fribrotic tissue. If she has had periodontal disease for a long time her tissues could have changed in appearance.

 
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Old 08-21-2001, 09:24 PM   #3
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She could be anemic...low iron in her blood.

 
Old 10-21-2001, 06:05 PM   #4
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A Person I have been seeing has recently discovered they have Periodontal Disease, unfortunately the person is severely phobic where dentists are concerned and I was wondering if anyone knew of a Homeopathic treatment they could do instead of the emotional turmoil(according to them) of going to a Dentist. It is not painful at this time but I am sure if it persists it could be. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated , thx :-)

The drug is called Valium. It's not Homeopathic. You get a prescription from your family doctor, take enough to be mellow for your dentist appointment and all will be happy.

Consider that Homeopathic medicine hails from a day and age when people usually lost their teeth before they turned 30 years of age. The treatment of peridontal disease requires a thorough cleaning below the gum line. You can't do that to yourself.

 
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Beware of advice you receive online... I'd question any dentist who'd advocate vitamin C and folic acid treatments for periodontal disease with no initial therapy of scaling and root planing, a re-evaluation phase, and regular periodontal maintenance at 3-6 month intervals. Just my opinion...
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I agree with ship...

What is causing the periodontal disease remains below the gumline, and no matter what you take, in the end it will not make the condition better, but maybe cover up the symptoms. Only a proper cleaning, below the gumline, to clean out the build up and other irritants will help clear up the active disease process. Your friend could also take antibiotic's, this again will help, but only the symptoms of the disease. Anything you take would have to be taken all of the time, why not get rid of the problem at the source....professional dental cleaning.

Lastly periodontal disease is generally painless. What your friend takes to help the disease will at best cover up the home symptoms of bleeding when brushing or bad breath. But the underlying problem will still exist. At the dentist office the periodontal findings will still be the same.

Don't give your friend bad advice, suggest the problem be taken care of at the dentist office. If the Dentist finds that the patient is too difficult to care for then he can perscribe medication to calm the patient or refer s/he to a specialist.

And I just wanted to add that valerian root is not the same as valium. One is a regulated drug and the other is not, which makes a big difference in the effects of the medication.

Valium is identified chemically as 7-chloro-1,3-dihydro-1-methyl-5-phenyl-2H-1,4-benzodiazepin-2-one.

Sorry no valerian root there!


 
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