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Signs of gum disease?

Signs of gum disease?

Swollen bleeding gum: There are several signs. The two most obvious are swollen, bleeding gums. Other signs are bad breath and loose teeth. Any adult with these problems should see a dentist right away. ...Read more

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Dr. John Francis
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Gingivitis (Definition)

Bacteria in the mouth living in a thin film is called plaque. Plaque that is not removed through brushing can harden and form “tartar”, a hard mineral shell, that brushing can’t remove. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque builds on the tartar surface, it irritates and erodes healthy gum tissue. This early stage of gum ...Read more


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What are signs of gum disease?

What are signs of gum disease?

Many: Most common is bleeding either spontaneously or when brushing. Another is foul odor. Discoloration of tissues which can range from fiery red to bluish purple. Swelling around the tooth or further down. Crusty buildup around the base of the tooth (tartar / calculus) . Loose teeth which show more of the root. Sometimes even pain. Bone loss on x-ray images. Abscess formation.See Dentist - Good Luck. ...Read more

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I am 25 years young and my mouth is showing signs of gum disease. Aren't I too young?

See your dentist: Periodontal diseases can occur at any age, but most cases are in adults over age 30. See your dentist, early diagnosis is critical for successful treatment. ...Read more

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If someone who is HIV positive performs oral sex on you (rimming) and has no clear signs of gum disease or bleeding, can you catch HIV?

If someone who is HIV positive performs oral sex on you (rimming) and has no clear signs of gum disease or bleeding, can you catch HIV?

Condoms help: Oral-anal sex (rimming) has not been proven to transmit HIV, although large trial data is not available, so certainty is not assured. The practice does transmit hepatitis and parasites. Here is a site that gives advice on how to reduce risk for this practice. http://www.poz.com/articles/348_2128.shtml ...Read more

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Question about gum disease and seeeimg expert/ who first?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the gum disease. See your dentist first for a full evaluation. Sometimes your dentist may refer you to a periodontist (gum specialist) for more severe cases. Furthermore, your medical doctor may also be involved as diseases like diabetes can affect the gums. ...Read more

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What are signs of early-stage gum disease?

GINGIVITIS/PERIODONT: Inflamed gingiva, bleeding, or suppuration around teeth.Periodontal, or gum disease is a common condition affecting the tissues that comprise the dental supporting structure: gingiva, cementum, periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone . Periodontal disease may be a risk factor for a number of conditions including cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, and pregnancies. ...Read more

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Gums are still light pink and not swollen, is this still a sign of gum disease or could it just be a cut?

Must be diagnosed: Clinical examination can only tell you about gingivitis (gum inflammation) but not periodontitis (loss of periodontal attachment apparatus, i.e. The bone, the cementum, and the periodontal ligament). You must have radiographs, periodontal probing and follow up or previous exam data to confirm periodonttis. Schedule a check up with your dentist. Light pink gum and not swolle is normal. ...Read more

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Is waking up with really black teeth a sign of gum disease?Think its been going on for over a year (not me) I've only just found out now.Thankyou.

Is waking up with really black teeth a sign of gum disease?Think its been going on for over a year (not me) I've only just found out now.Thankyou.

Possibly: But you may have other issues such as gerd and black teeth can be caused by many other factors such as tobacco usage, medications, vitamins, mouth-rinses, etc. See a dentist or oral surgeon to evalulte clinically. ...Read more

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I have dental gum disease, what's my first step to get rid of it?

I have dental gum disease, what's my first step to get rid of it?

Good oral hygeine.: Probably the best treatment for most gum disease is regular trips to the dentist for check-up, and good oral hygeine at home, like brushing regularly, and flossing. Poor oral health can lead to infections that can travel within the bloodstream. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Gum Disease (Definition)

Gun disease can range from gum swelling all the way to the bone keeping the teeth in place being lost, this can be be for a number of reasons, if you think you have gum disease please visit your ...Read more