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Gum Diseases

Gums wearing away

08/31/2007

Question:

I have been having problems for a few m onths now. My gums are seperating from my teeth in two spots and have black stuff underneath that won`t come off. It is not painful, swollen, or bleeding. I brush, floss, and use mouth rise twice a day but nothing is working. What can I do to make this problem go away?

Answer:

You need to see a dentist. The black stuff can be plaque, calculus or root decay. All of these are caused by bacteria and help with retention of further bacteria. Thus, you need to see a dentist and have at least professional cleaning. Depending on actual cause, the dentist may recommend alternative treatment options.

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Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University