The Effectiveness of Scaling and Root Planing

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When someone has gum disease, small pockets can form between the gums and the parts of the teeth that are normally covered by the gums. This space allows plaque and tartar to grow in places that regular tooth brushing and cleanings cannot reach.  If this happens to your teeth, your dentist may recommend root scaling and planing, also known as …

What are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

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Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition that affects your gums and the bone that holds your teeth in place. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) estimates that nearly 80% of American adults suffer from some level of periodontal disease. Although most cases are mild to moderate, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and even cause …

The Likelihood of Gum Disease During Pregnancy

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Did you know that pregnant women are at a higher risk for developing gum disease? Of all the things that are common knowledge about pregnancy, this may not be so well known. There are a few different reasons for this, but taking the proper precautions can reduce the risk and ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout your …

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The 4 Stages of Periodontal Disease

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Many people are under the mistaken impression that periodontal disease isn’t serious, perhaps because it starts with such mild symptoms. Red, swollen gums often go unnoticed; even when gums bleed when brushing or flossing, you may disregard these symptoms or put off seeking treatment. Unfortunately, gum disease can quickly progress from minor nuisance to a serious disease that compromises not …

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Is It Possible to Reverse Periodontal Disease?

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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums. It occurs when there is excessive plaque buildup on the teeth. Plaque is a combination of food residue and bacteria that sticks to the teeth unless it is brushed away. When it remains for too long it can infect the gums, causing periodontal disease.  In …

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Misunderstood Effects of Gum Disease

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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a common condition affecting nearly half of Americans. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue and support structures of the teeth. The cause of gum disease is a buildup of plaque on the teeth, a combination of food residue, saliva, and bacteria. When plaque remains on the teeth …

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Your First Visit to the Periodontist

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Have you been referred to a periodontist? Your dentist may have recommended that you see a periodontist for gum disease or to get a dental implant. Periodontists specialize in conditions and procedures for the gums and support structures for your teeth. If you’re going to a periodontist for the first time, you may not know what to expect. Here’s a …