Micshad wrote: @Valerie - I started smoking at 13. At first it was a pack a week. By the time I was 16, it was a pack a day.
Gingivitis is what I first was "diagnosed" with in my 20s, but back then, they didn't do or tell you what to do to stop it; at least not where I live. You were doomed to lose your teeth from it. I was in my 40s when I stupidly listened to the dentist. Funny, but it was less than a year after he pulled all my teeth and I spent all that money on dentures that he retired. He wasn't that old either! I still say i helped his retirement fund big time!!!!
Things have sure advanced a lot over the years. I think gingivitis can be hereditary.
I remember when I was a kid in school, we were taught to brush our teeth side ways.
Years later they said don't brush your teeth sideways, brush up and down. Plus, there
was nothing about flossing back then. Now its floss floss floss.