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I have chronic periodontitis and have recently been to have a deep clean. My Dentist said that my gum pockets are quite bad between 4-8 cm I am doing everything that I can to keep it under control. I don't smoke, clean twice a day, waterpick and floss, but my gums still swell and bleed occasionally in just one place. I have asked my dentist to refer me to a specialist, as the local dental hospital would not accept me. It is looking very likely that I will have to go private. Can anyone recommend a good Gum Specialist, in Greater London that will not bankrupt me.

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Is your dentist treating you for your gum disease? Simply being referred to a specialist won't be the magic cure - they will offer exactly the same treatment. You need to make sure not only that you are doing all those cleaning aspects, but that you are doing them well.

Wilth gum disease of the more advanced type, floss will be of little help: look for inteproximal brushes (TePe). You need to use the biggest size that will fit.

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Hi, After the past 18 months of having deep clean of my gums with a periodontist, who specialise in gum disease, I have booked an appointment with another periodontist, Dr Al Falaki, based in Buckhurst Hill, Essex (Central Line) who is a specialist periodontist as she may be my last resort before to avoid tooth. I found Dr Al Falaki's interview below informative.

The practices website is: al-faperio.co.uk/

In the meantime, please consider your diet and supplementation, as I found that my vitamin c levels were chronically low, and as you may know, lack of vitamin c is scurvy and will affect the gums. Here is an article to view - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articl... (a bit academic but hope you get the gist, and of course do further research yourself.)

I the meantime I do oil-pulling with coconut oil and 3 drops of essential oil (oregano/clove/thyme) for 15 minutes each morning before I brush my teeth, then swish my mouth with water using celtic sea salt. I also take high dose vitamin C alongwith other supplements. This helps to take the toxins out of your mouth.

Also consider if your immune system is functioning well.

Hope the above helps.

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'I the meantime I do oil-pulling with coconut oil and 3 drops of essential oil (oregano/clove/thyme) for 15 minutes each morning before I brush my teeth, then swish my mouth with water using celtic sea salt. I also take high dose vitamin C alongwith other supplements. This helps to take the toxins out of your mouth.'

Where is the evidence-based research to back up that this helps remove toxins? Celtic sea salt, versus what? Normal sea salt?

Please don't pass off homeopathic remedies as factual medicine. Oil pulling, essential oils etc... do not work. What is working is that you're spending a lot of time on cleaning your mouth. That's the magic bullet.

Although, you are right - other disorders/diseases can have an effect on your gums. Diabetes is a biggie.

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