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Dr. John Francis

Periodontics
AZ
31 years experience male

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Periodontics

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278 Answers
24 Agrees
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
One is worse: Gingivitis is the beginning stages, and by definition, your gums are inflamed, and you might see them bleed when you brush and floss. If this is left... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Inflammation: It's all about the way our bodies fight infections, through inflammatory ways, and that can be bad on the heart. More complicated than that, but that... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Yes: Please have your dentist take a look. If there is food impaction into the gum, you can end up with gum and bone loss between the teeth.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Select strains: Now we know that it is periodontal diseases, plural. Different bacteria in different situations. But the usual players are the gram negative bactero... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Floss regularly: True gingivitis, limited to just inflammation in the gums, can be reversed with good oral care and regular dental visits. If it is not going away, it... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
No cure, sorry: It is a chronic disease, which we can make better and manage, but it usually doesn't go away forever. The only known 'cure' is to pull out the involv... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Not likely: If your good habits at home, i.e. Brushing and flossing, don't reduce the problem, you may have more serious periodontitis rather than just gingivitis... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Yes: Can be similar symptoms between the two, but with pregnancy related gum problems it can be traced to the changes in hormone levels. And some will dev... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Dental exam: Gingivitis means your gums are inflammed but if it progresses deeper and the bacteria gets into the jawbone, you have periodontitis, you may notice a ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Please no!: Clorox is toxic. Mouthrinses such as listerine are made for this; but they are to help prevent it, not treat it once you have the disease. They won'... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Dental exam: Gingivitis means your gums are inflammed but if it progresses deeper and the bacteria gets into the jawbone, you have periodontitis, you may notice a ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
See your dentist: Have an evaluation and see what kind of treatment is needed. It may be a deep cleaning or surgery or perhaps both.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Bleeding: Bleeding when you floss or brush is the biggest symptom. Gums could be red, swollen, there may be an odor...
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Don't give up!: If your good habits at home, i.e. Brushing and flossing, don't reduce the problem, you may have more serious periodontitis rather than just gingivitis... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Fraud: Hard to imagine, but that is insurance fraud. Your hmo has agreed to pay, let's say 90% of the fee. If they pay $90 and the dentist waives off the $... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
No floss: Not brushing or flossing -- poor oral hygiene, is the most common cause. Smoking, uncontrolled blood sugar, stress, not seeing the dentist regularly ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Probably no worry: Our mouth is lined with salivary ducts that sometimes get plugged. The clear fluid is trapped saliva and they usually resolve on their own.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Floss regularly: True gingivitis, limited to just inflammation in the gums, can be reversed with good oral care and regular dental visits. You want to get it checked ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Don't give up!: If your good habits at home, i.e. Brushing and flossing, don't reduce the problem, you may have more serious periodontitis rather than just gingivitis... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Floss!: True gingivitis, or inflammed gums, can many times be improved just from better brushing and flossing, with emphasis on the latter. Most people don't... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Unfortunately not: Even the cleanest mouths can still get it. Some forms of gum disease are genetically linked.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Don't give up!: If your good habits at home, i.e. Brushing and flossing, don't reduce the problem, you may have more serious periodontitis rather than just gingivitis... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Uneventful: Most people will say they felt nothing, and a lot say they have had worse fillings. It really shouldn't be a bad experience. Like most things, it is... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Periodontitis: Gingivitis is the beginning stages, and by definition, your gums are inflamed, and you might see them bleed when you brush and floss. If this is left... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Electric: I think an electric toothbrush like oral-b or sonicare is what you should get.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Rarely: That is unusual, but possible. Most abscesses are tooth related.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Bleeding: If your gums bleed when brushing or flossing, that is the distinguishing factor for gingivitis. It may also be a sign that you have a more serious pr... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
No more gum disease: If you have no teeth, your periodontal disease just got cured. Unfortunately you now need to replace your teeth.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Floss regularly: True gingivitis, limited to just inflammation in the gums, can be reversed with good oral care and regular dental visits. You want to get it checked ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Sure does: Cannot cause gum disease, that is a bacterial infection. But it can cause problems with your gums like recession. That nicotine poison is still getti... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
See a dentist: There is a faint line between the attached stronger gingiva and the thinner mucosa. Only a dentist could tell you how bad your situation really is.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
It helps: It's a good idea to use listerine as part of your good oral home care.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Gums that bleed: Gingivitis is the beginning stages, and by definition, your gums are inflamed, and you might see them bleed when you brush and floss. If this is left... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Not totally: Nothing is ever perfect, but you should be using a tongue scraper. You will be amazed at what comes off.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Most likely: If the tooth is hopeless, then yes, that is the safest thing you could do; pull the tooth to get rid of the infection. If it's a bad abscess, then ge... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Floss!: Good brushing and flossing, and perhaps use of a good mouthrinse like listerine. If it is just gingivitis then this will be beneficial, but if it's p... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Petechiae?: Could be little broken blood capillaries from sucking too hard or some other trauma. If they don't resolve in a couple of weeks, see a dentist.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
No: Probably the best thing you could do to get rid of the infection that is in you.
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
No: You could do a lot better with an antiseptic mouthrinse like listerine.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
See your dentist: And your physician. Both conditions make the other worse. You may need a deep cleaning and then surgical treatment for the gums; but treating the in... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Inflammation: It's all about the way our bodies fight infections, through inflammatory ways, and that can be bad on the heart. More complicated than that, but that... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Floss: Floss daily and make sure to keep regular dental appointments.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Dental exam: Gingivitis means your gums are inflammed but if it progresses deeper and the bacteria gets into the jawbone, you have periodontitis, you may notice a ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
The tooth: Gums usually don't respond to temperature as much as the tooth does. It sounds a lot like you have some root sensitivity. Please see your dentist.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Of course!: See your dentist. You may need a deep cleaning and then some surgery, and it is nothing like you think. Most people get through it just fine and it'... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Usually not: But there are some reports of a heavy-handed hygienist over many years of treatment, that can damage the root surfaces of the teeth.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Probably a tooth: The type of pain you are describing usually comes from the nerve of the tooth. Please see your dentist to find the cause.
A member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
May be gingivitis: Some can cause bleeding from traumatic tooth brushing, but it's more likely the bleeding is a sign you have inflammation somewhere. Gum disease usual... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Restorations: Continued treatment of the gums to try and fill in the gaps is usually not predictable. Your best option is to see your restorative dds. With bondin... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Years: The diseases of the gums are usually asymptomatic, so the patient goes many years without treatment. Many times, if you wait until it hurts, it is too... Read More

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May 16, 2013
Expert advice for patients with medical comorbidities requiring periodontal procedures.
Apr 6, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Francis is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for verifying that yogurt may help! That's what I had thought
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Yes, I have the underlying bone issue. Bye!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Creighton University School of Dentistry
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Sun City, AZ - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Sun City, AZ - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Sun City, AZ - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Periodontology
American Dental Association
Arizona Society of Periodontists
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