Dr. John Francis

Periodontics
AZ
32 years experience male

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Periodontics

Languages spoken

English

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278 Answers
24 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Not too long: It could be as quick as just between dental visits. At one six-month checkup your dentist could tell you to watch out, and by the next visit, it coul... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
No: A lot of bad breath comes from the tongue or even further down the G.I. Tract or lungs. Always make good tongue cleaning part of your toothbrushing r... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Yes: 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Dental exam: You may notice a fetid odor or loosening teeth or the gum tissue between your teeth will get gray or white and flatten; but the only sure diagnosis is... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Everyone's different: You may need a deep cleaning or gum surgery or both. But don't listen to the people out there, it is not as bad as it sounds and it's a lot better th... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Most any: Just use it! get a softer one, and concentrate where the gum meets the teeth. And floss!
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Sure: But remember, only the enamel or crown of the tooth will respond to the bleaching. If you have gum recession and some of the root is showing, it will... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Unfortunately yes: Long-standing infection can sometimes turn from the red swollen type, to the more pink color, and it can fool you into a false sense of security. Ple... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Nope: Without teeth, the jaw bone will gradually resorb away over time. It take a long time, but if you are in a denture for 20 years, then in your early 6... Read More
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A 32-year-old 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
Sure: Yes you can get gum disease in just a localized spot. Please see your dentist.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Perhaps: It's hard for an office to plan out the day, if they don't even know what you yet need. Those offices that do it the same day, are usually the reason... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Anytime: We usually see it later in life like the 40's, but some teens show up and already have signs of recession. Brushing too hard, grinding your teeth, or... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Dental exam: You may notice a fetid odor or loosening teeth; but the only sure diagnosis is from a periodontal exam and x-rays with your dentist.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Be aggressive: If you mean a kid 18 yrs or younger, they may have a juvenile form of periodontitis which affects only certain teeth and needs to be treated aggressiv... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Not really: You could have a form of periodontal disease. The bacteria that has progressed under your gums, causes a loss of attachment from the teeth and usuall... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
No: If the gums are affected by the disease, it is usually just the gums surrounding the teeth themselves, and not into the roof of your mouth. Also, gum... Read More
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A 44-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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
See a dentist: It can hurt, but most people have no pain associated with their periodontitis. Please see a dentist or periodontal specialist.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
From the lungs: If you have a reasonablly clean mouth, it may be coming from within, like the stomach or lungs. See a dentist first, then a physician if you want to ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Take a look: I'm going out on a limb here, sorry; are you female and do you mean vaginal discharge? You may have left a tampon in there. It will be way up by the... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Inflammation: Gum disease is an inflammatory disease caused by bacteria under the gums. Simvistatin is shown to decrease certain inflammatory mediators in gum cell... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Pinkish: The graft should be getting a new blood supply by now and would have a pink or reddish appearance. If it's white, then still too early to panic, but ... Read More
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A 40-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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Complicated: We don't know for sure, thus they call it a syndrome because many different things can cause it. Poor nutrition, lack of key vitamins, stress, hormon... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Dental exam: You may notice a fetid odor or loosening teeth or the gum tissue between your teeth will get gray or white and flatten; but the only sure diagnosis is... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
No: Just having a pacemaker alone does not mean you need antibiotics before a dental procedure.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Virus: Could be a secondary hermetic outbreak. Most people had the chicken pox as a child and have the herpes virus lying dormant in their system. A herpes o... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Yes: You have no natural teeth and full dentures? Yes, implants could be placed, if you have enough bone, to help hold in the denture.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Sure: There are a few tricks available to help make the needle not that big of a deal anymore. Please see your dentist.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
No: It may do something on the surface and reduce symptoms, but a truly abscessed tooth is pus coming from within, trying to get out of your body. Swishi... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
May be normal: In dental school, an oral surgeon once told us there is no such thing as 'post nasal drip' as an anomaly--we all have it. It is normal, and most of u... Read More
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A 31-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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
You may not know!: Most gum infections cause the patient no pain, and that's why the disease can do a lot of damage before the patient is aware they even have a problem.... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Yes: It sure can. Try to use gentle circular motions rather than the back and forth sawing action.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
NO: Not sure what you mean, but either way, you shouldn't have dental treatment while you're drunk, and no, the alcohol won't kill the bacteria that is ca... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Infection: It usually comes from a bad or dying tooth. The infection is trying to get out of the tooth and out of your body, so it will create a swollen area of... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
From the lungs: If you have a reasonablly clean mouth, it may be coming from within, like the stomach or lungs. See a dentist first, then a physician if you want to ... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
NO: 'periodontal disease' should be reserved for the active, infectious entity that is eating away at the supporting stuctures of the teeth. Other things... Read More
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A 44-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 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Active Treatment: A.A. Is typically found in aggressive and juvenile forms of gum disease and being 59, you may not have that. The bacteria can be cultured and then tr... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Fix the cavity: You've got to get the hole in your tooth looked at and repaired. You can only try to mask the odor so much. Please see your dentist.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Not bad at all: Most people coming back from periodontal surgery for their first post-op tell me that it was not as bad as they thought; and many will say that nothin... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Infection: Anything that looks like a bruise on the gum is probably an underlying abscess. Please see your dentist.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Lubricant: I've heard of some that will rub vaseline over the areas before they go to bed.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Bacteria: A clean mouth is always good for you. Mouthwash can help kill that bacterial plaque that we miss when we brush or floss incorrectly.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Leave it alone: Keep it as clean as possible, but the mouth heals so quickly that i don't think it will bother you very long.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Yes: A water pick will help remove more plaque than not using it. It should always be used in conjunction with good brushing and dental exams.
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A 34-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 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 32 years experience
Floss: Brush, floss, use listerine rinse. That's about all you can do at home. Once you have it, it's deeper than what you can get at at home. Please see... 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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