Originally Answered: Urgent gum disease advice needed - How far along is it already? - Pics Included?
Wow....no job, no car, no money, no food, no credit, no phone.....sounds like my kind of guy!
But enough of flirting - let's get down to business. First of all, no kidnapping dentists. They are already very moody, and being abducted gets them even more hyper.
Ok, your gums: All is not lost. The first thing I would say is see if you can take a good multivitamin daily, with an additional 500 mgs of vitamin C - this is essential for good gingival health. (I know, no money).
Secondly: Check your brushing/flossing techniques:
You need to make sure you are brushing effectively. You use a SOFT toothbrush only, and aim it at the gumline at a 45 degree angle. Make sure some of the bristles get into the crevice between the tooth and gum. Use little vibratory strokes, and then sweep the brush up toward the biting surface. Go around your whole mouth like this - don't forget the tongue side of the teeth. Don't scrub back and forth - except on the biting surface of the back teeth.
Flossing: Take a length of floss and wrap it around your 2 middle fingers. Hold about a 2" piece tight between your forefingers and thumbs. Insert the floss gently against a tooth side, then curve your hands so that the floss is making a letter "C" shape against the tooth. Keeping the floss always in contact with the tooth, move it up and down, making sure you GENTLY floss under the gumline.
To move to the adjacent tooth, bring the floss up and OVER the little pink triangle of gum, slide to a fresh section of floss, and bring it against the next tooth surface, and repeat. You should never snap the floss down hard, and never "saw" back and forth.
Continue around your whole mouth like this. When you get to the back teeth, it's going to be very hard to curve the floss - but that's ok, just do the best you can. If you ever feel like it's going to get stuck in the contact or shred, then just pull it through, like you'd pull thread through a needle eye.
I have a feeling that you're brushing and flossing too hard or incorrectly. You have to be GENTLE. Plaque is a soft material that is easily removed. This is your body, not a brick wall. Harder is not better. In fact, if you brush too hard, or use a toothbrush that's too hard, you will never be able to get the bristles adapted into the crevice between the tooth and gum, and will miss all the plaque that is there.
Mouthwash: I would opt for warm salt water rinses for a while. One teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, swished around well after brushing/flossing, for about 30 seconds should help a lot. I am totally underwhelmed with Listerine, but a solution of 1/2 peroxide and 1/2 water (NOT straight peroxide) might in the cards for the future. But do the salt water for now.
With your unfortunate money situation, you should be able to get Medicaid pretty quickly (as well as public assistance and food stamps). There are dentists who accept Medicaid (at least here in NY, and I can't imagine that the People's Republic of Indiana would be too different). If you haven't already done so, apply ASAP. (I know, no car - hitch if you have to).
So let's sum it up: Faithful brushing and flossing EVERYDAY, in the manner I described, salt water rinses, vitamins (especially C), and as much free money as you can possibly squeeze out of Indiana. You deserve it.
I'm giving you 2 links below - one shows the brushing, the other, the flossing. Read and memorize these, please, there will a blue book exam at the end of the semester.
Dude, you can do this!~