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How does aggressive periodontitis affect pregnancy?

How does aggressive periodontitis affect pregnancy?

Preterm Labor: Any potentially significant infection increases risk of transmitting bacteria through blood to the unborn child since infectious agents can cross the placental barrier. This can sometimes contribute to possible preterm labor. Please discuss with your doctor regarding antibiotic usage. ...Read more

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Dr. James Wright
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Periodontitis (Definition)

Periodontitis is a general term for an inflammatory gum disease that has caused some degree of irreversible hard and soft tissue damage. While most treatments will put the disease into remission with rigorous patient home care and there are even some new therapies that can repair some of the damage, it is a major cause of tooth lose! Best to avoid the altogether with regular ...Read more


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Do I have a good prognosis after being diagnosed with aggressive periodontitis? I've 25, and have just recently been diagnosed with aggressive periodontitis. I know i haven't taken good care of my teeth, but would like to turn that around now. How likely

Do I have a good prognosis after being diagnosed with aggressive periodontitis? I've 25, and have just recently been diagnosed with aggressive periodontitis. I know i haven't taken good care of my teeth, but would like to turn that around now. How likely

Yes: Aggressive periodontitis has a lot to do with a very nasty bacteria with the initials a.A. It may be localized to incisor and molar teeth or generalized to the whole mouth. These are the two types. Eradication of the bacteria and repair of the damage, as well as regular maintenance are critical. Laser therapy has been very effective on eradicating this particular bacteria. Warm regards, drc. ...Read more

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Do we have to do anything extra to stop aggressive periodontitis? During my son's last visit to the dentist, we were told he has aggressive periodontitis, including some bone loss. We go to the dentist regulary, and are wondering if there is anything in p

Do we have to do anything extra to stop aggressive periodontitis? During my son's last visit to the dentist, we were told he has aggressive periodontitis, including some bone loss. We go to the dentist regulary, and are wondering if there is anything in p

YES!: We recommend you see a specialist (periodontist) for treatment of agresssive periodontitis. The damage can be extensive. If you can, contact a board certified periodontist who uses the lanap protocol. Your son should have antibiotics. Once the disease is treated, regular dental cleanings and home care should keep it from returning. Good luck! ...Read more

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Aggressive periodontitis at age 30? At my dentist appointment last week my dentist diagnosed me with aggressive periodontitis, and said the my gums had basically skipped gingivitis and went straight to this. I have an appointment with him this week to hav

Aggressive periodontitis at age 30? At my dentist appointment last week my dentist diagnosed me with aggressive periodontitis, and said the my gums had basically skipped gingivitis and went straight to this. I have an appointment with him this week to hav

There : There is a form of periodontal disease called aggressive periodontitis that is diagnosed in patients under the age of 35 (or so). Periodontal disease has three major causes; bacteria, body's reaction to the bacteria, and bite (bad bite, clenching, grinding). Various systemic diseases can potentiate the body's reaction to the bacteria as well as various medications. It is wise to have this treated as soon as possible. The first thing you and your dentist need to do is identify the causes. As i tell my patients you are a co-therapist in that you need to know what it is and how to treat it and then how to minimize it from getting out of control. Yes, there is no cure, but you can control it. Now treatment has several options. Traditional treatment involves scaling and rootplaning to reduce the bacteria around the teeth, low dose of Doxycycline (20mg 2x/day) to reduce body's reaction and bite adjustment along with a night guard. For areas that are badly damaged and have a lot of bone loss periodontists will do regenerative procedures to reverse the effects of the damage, another option which i provide my patients (and almost routinely now) is lanap. Laser assisted new attachment procedure. This utilizes a certain laser in conjunction with thorough scaling and bite adjustment to provide exceptional reduction of the disease and regeneration of much of the lost bone, root and gum attachment. It is a wonderful treatment complete in a few weeks and has much less discomfort associated with the actual care. The results long term are exceptional. Either option is acceptable but you have to address the causes. Once active treatment is done (the above options) you have to maintain the health with regular cleanings and make sure if you are given a night guard you wear it! ultimately, periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease which you have to in control. Please feel free to ask further questions. This is important you address asap. Best regards, dr. Smith cpident.Com. ...Read more

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What is the best way to manage a gum disease called periodontitis in aggressive stage?

What is the best way to manage a gum disease called periodontitis in aggressive stage?

Professional care: Advanced periodontitis must be treated by a highly trained general dentist or periodontist. The treatment will involve an intense and deep cleaning, use of systemic antibiotics, special rinses, possible gum surgery, rigorous homecare, 3-4 professional cleaning a year and possibly the placement of localized antibiotics. Regardless, there is no real cure, but vigilance will keep it in remission! ...Read more

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What is periodontitis?

What is periodontitis?

Disease of gums: It is a disease of the gums primarily caused by a combination of excess bad bacteria, and it's interaction with your immune system. It is often the result of inadequate oral hygiene, and can destroy the fibers that hold your teeth in. It is quite treatable if caught at an early state. Go see your dentist for treatment. ...Read more

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What are the tests for periodontitis?

What are the tests for periodontitis?

Thorough exam: You will need to have a thorough clinical examination with the appropriate x-rays. The clinical exam will likely include probing along each side your teeth to help determine if there is a periodontal problem. The x-rays are an adjunct to help determine the presence of bone loss. Some offices may have you submit saliva for analysis as well as maintain a food intake diary as part of your data. ...Read more

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Could I do something about periodontitis?

Could I do something about periodontitis?

Floss! Floss! Floss!: Attempt to correct periodontal issues by flossing daily. Skipping days is like not flossing at all! don't floss to remove food, floss to clean the side walls of each tooth. If you see bleeding, then you probably need to observe how much of the tooth surface you are actually wiping clean. Toothbrushing is way overrated. If it worked you wouldn't have gum disease! have a dentist monitor efforts. ...Read more

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What is localized juvenile periodontitis?

LJP: Now called localized aggressive periodontitis - it is a form of periodontitis where the bacteria a.A. Affects the molars and incisors of juvenile aged people. ...Read more

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