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By Charles Dean
February 21, 2011
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Gingivitis

The first of diseased gum tissue is known as gingivitis. Bleeding and inflammation is present, along with tenderness when you brush. Gingivitis is the only stage of gum disease that is reversible. Maintaining regular six month cleaning appointments and proper brushing and flossing techniques can reverse this stage of gum disease.

 

Periodontitis

When gingivitis is left untreated, the bacterium morphs into a destructive agent which can damage the surrounding bone and supporting ligaments. Your teeth are suspended by these ligaments that attach to the bone. Receding gum tissue and bone loss can result from periodontal disease. Once periodontal disease has been diagnosed, it is permanent; however, it can be maintained and managed. More frequent cleanings may be needed to control the disease. A more involved cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing may need to be performed to treat periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing requires the gum tissue to be anesthetized and the hygienist to scale the hardened plaque(calculus) off of the root structure of the tooth. This will stop any further bone and ligament destruction and return the tissue to a healthy and manageable state.

 

Advanced Periodontitis

If periodontitis is left untreated, the final stage of gum disease has advanced, sometimes beyond repair. Destruction of the bone and ligaments leads to loose teeth and possible shifting of the teeth. If too much bone destruction is present, your teeth will need to be extracted. The bacterium present in advanced periodontal disease has been linked to stoke and cardiac arrest.


By Charles Dean
February 10, 2011
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What does it mean when our gums bleed?
Many times patients will say "My gums always bleed when I brush. That is just normal for me." Contrary to what one may think this is not normal and should not be ignored. Wouldn't you be concerned if your hands bled each time you washed them?

The presence of bleeding when brushing is an indication of the beginning stages of periodontal disease. The initial stage of periodontal disease, or gingivitis, can be reversible. Periodontal disease is often painless until it reaches more advanced stages, however there is a simple test that your dental team can use to uncover this problem even in its beginning stages. Like most diseases of the body early detection is essential. Also, remember to brush and floss. You will need to be an active participant in prevention. Gum disease is a serious infection that should always be taken seriously.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you may have periodontal disease.
1. Do your gums bleed when you brush, floss, or eat?
2. Do your teeth feel like they are moving?
3. Are your gums receding?
4. Do your teeth look longer?
5. Do you have persistent bad breath?
6. Does your bite feel different?
7. Is it difficult for you to chew?
8. Have you noticed pus around your teeth?
9. Do your gums feel tender or look swollen?
10. Do your teeth or gums hurt?


By Charles Dean
February 04, 2011
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For the convenience of those that are waiting on a patient to have treatment completed, our office now offers bottled water, coffee and tea.

We have cable TV in treatment rooms for patients to watch while work is being done. For the comfort of our patients we also offer blankets if they are chilled and warm towels for their mouth after treatment is finished.

We know that most people do not enjoy coming to the dentist and we want all of our patients to feel at ease and to be comfortable.




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