Category Archives: Common Concerns

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Of the 20.8 million children … Continue reading

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Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease affects the heart and/or blood vessels. More than 50 million Americans experience cardiovascular problems and cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death and disability in the United States. By the time heart problems are detected, the … Continue reading

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Gingival Flap Surgery

What Is It? Gingival flap surgery is a type of gum procedure. The gums are separated from the teeth and folded back temporarily. This allows a dentist to reach the root of the tooth and the bone. What It’s Used … Continue reading

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Apicoectomy

What Is It? Your teeth are held in place by roots that extend into your jawbone. Front teeth usually have one root. Other teeth, such as your premolars and molars, have two or more roots. The tip or end of … Continue reading

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Fighting Gum Disease: How to Keep Your Teeth

More than 75 percent of Americans over 35 have some form of gum disease. In its earliest stage, your gums might swell and bleed easily. At its worst, you might lose your teeth. The bottom line? If you want to … Continue reading

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What is Periodontitis?

What Is It? Periodontitis is a group of conditions. All of them involve inflammation of the gums and other structures that support the teeth. This disease often starts as gingivitis. Periodontitis is caused by bacteria that result in a mouth … Continue reading

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Periodontal Disease: Causes and Prevention

What Is Periodontal Disease?If your hands bled when you washed them, you would be concerned. Yet, many people think it’s normal if their gums bleed when they brush or floss. In a 1999 study, researchers at the U.S. National Institutes … Continue reading

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Gingivitis

What Is It? People with gingivitis have inflamed gum tissue around their teeth. This condition is caused by bacteria found in dental plaque. Normal, healthy gums should be firmly attached to the teeth and underlying bone. Normal gums are pale … Continue reading

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What is Gingivitis? Signs and Symptoms

What is Gingivitis? Gingivitis — an inflammation of the gums — is the initial stage of gum disease and the easiest to treat. The direct cause of gingivitis is plaque – the soft, sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms … Continue reading

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What are the Stages of Gum Disease?

What is Gum Disease? Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. It is caused by the bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms … Continue reading

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