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Dr. John Francis

Periodontics
AZ
32 years experience male

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Periodontics

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Protect: A thin piece of rubber to isolate a tooth from the rest of the mouth. Used a lot when you have a root canal or a bonded restoration that needs to be ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Possibly: If they bleed then that is definitive of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Only your dentist, doing a proper exam, will be able to tell if ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Electric: I think an electric toothbrush like oral-b or sonicare is what you should get.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Both: It can either be site specific, or generalized in the whole mouth. Back teeth seem to be more susceptible because of root shapes and being harder to... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Diet: Watch what you eat. Look up the usual triggers for migraine and try to avoid them. Some people say msg is a big one to stay away from.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Perhaps: Recurrent decay is a possibility or the initial filling may have been close to the nerve and its acting up. A few simple tests and one x-ray at your d... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Worrisome: If the teeth are really that loose, they probably have a poor prognosis. Go see your dentist, and don't be surprised if the dentist tells you you wil... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Brush tongue: The first thing to try is don't ignore your tongue. Get yourself a tongue scrapper and use it daily. Your condition may be internal from the lungs o... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Gum Specialist: Sometimes that bone can be regenerated and in some cases it cannot. A periodontist could tell you.
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A female asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Abscess: You may have an abscess or infection coming from a tooth. The infection wants to get out, and it will form a "pimple". Your dentist can check this q... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Backwards: If your heart surgeon knows about this infection you have in your mouth, many physicians want the gum infection treated first before doing heart surge... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 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
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A member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Root canal: Over just one tooth like that, it may be an infected tooth -- abscess. Please see your dentist. You can't treat this by yourself.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Pain: Usually gum disease won't cause any pain. Your gums may be red, swollen and you see bleeding when you brush or floss, but it won't hurt. If you are ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
No: Just gingivitis, although not favorable, is not bad enough to cause tooth loss. But if you don't treat it now, it could progress to bone loss and the... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Gingivitis: You may have undiagnosed gingivitis that should be checked and confirmed by your dentist. Another possibility is that you are a mouth-breather. Your... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Not usually: The cause of the problem is the bacteria on your teeth. So the gum inflammation usually is just around the areas of the teeth and doesn't spread into... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Yes: It has been substantiated that the HIV virus can be spread in oral secretions and or bleeding gums.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Yes: Unless you are allergic to the tetracyclines of course.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Yes: Research shows there is a gene that predisposes some to getting gum disease. That usually means that a little bit of plaque that may not cause proble... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
See the dentist: If you really have gum disease, you cannot get rid of it yourself. Mouthwashes that help kill the offending bacteria are great for prevention, but on... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Most likely: If they are taking all those little measurements around each tooth, then yes, they will most likely catch it. Working with the human body though, not... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Normal: I think you mean the normal folds or raphe that we all have. Sometimes they will become more prominent after eating some foods, but they are normal.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Gum disease: More likely is gum disease. Most mouth cancer starts on the side of the tongue or floor of the mouth, and in the early stages, has no symptoms.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Brush tongue: The first thing to try is don't ignore your tongue. Get yourself a tongue scrapper and use it daily. Your condition may be internal from the lungs o... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Just go: Don't listen to others, especially the older generation that went through some rough dental treatment. Ask your best friend what dentist to go to, an... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Sure can: It can be treated and made better, it just can't be cured forever. It can always come back.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
See your dentist!: Some get juvenille gum disease but it's not too common; do you grind your teeth at night? Did you have braces?
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Not likely: Any dentist doing braces would be quite worried if you had current gum disease. Consult with your general dentist and an orthodontist.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
It's a better brush: For most of us, we will do a better job with the electric brush--it will remove more plaque.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Depends: Usually the gum will not come back on its own. But there may be some corrective options available with a specialist. See your dentist.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Quite common: The tooth may be the source of the infection, and that pus is just trying to leave your body. So inflammation sets in and it sometimes swells up just... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
You'll be OK: If it was just a mouth-full it won't affect you much at all. If you are drinking it however, that is another story. Please don't do that.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Brush: Just so we are talking about the same thing, plaque is the soft stuff that easily comes off, and tartar is the calcified stuff. We all get plaque, ev... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
See dentist: Do you have a bump in the roof of your mouth? This may be normal. A lot of people have a 'torus' or bump of bone that they've had forever, but one d... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Brush: Make sure she is brushing her tongue as part of good oral care, or using a tongue scraper. That would be a good place to begin.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
See Dentist: Make sure you know what you are dealing with. If this lesion hasn't been biopsied and given a diagnosis, that may be the first place to begin. White... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Complex: Could be fissured tongue or geographic tongue or burning tongue syndrome...All of which are incurable and just have to be managed. Many different pro... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Yes: The nerve in the tooth can be dead, and you can have a lingering infection in the jawbone with little of no symptoms.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
No: It cannot cause it; however, some high blood pressure medicine, the calcium-channel blockers like norvasc, (amlodipine) can cause your gums to swell.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
May be chronic: After the first phase of treatment (a deep cleaning) the dentist should recheck you about five weeks later and there should be an idea then about how ... 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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