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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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Is it possible to have gingivitis ==> bone loss?

Indirectly, Yes: Nearly everyone has gingivitis. If you have any plaque on your teeth anywhere, you'll have some associated gingivitis. However, this is reversible with a professional "cleaning" & excellent oral hygiene. If it's left untreated, however, it very often progresses to "periodontitis, " which leads to irreversible bone loss. So, gingivitis by itself does not destroy bone, but it can get worse over time. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have both gingivitis and bone loss?

Is it possible to have both gingivitis and bone loss?

Sequential: Gingivitis is a reversible form of gum disease and typically does not have bone loss associated with it. The swelling makes the gums very puffy and red. If allowed to go on long enough, it will progress to damaging the bone that surrounds and supports the teeth and can eventually lead to tooth loss. So as you can see, one can lead to the other. Best to stop the infection in the early stages. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bone loss caused by gingivitis?

What are the symptoms of bone loss caused by gingivitis?

Very few: Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. The symptoms are red swollen, bleeding gums. When bone loss occurs you have periodontitis or in other words periodontal disease. ...Read more

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Despite great home care, I have had significant bone loss at a young age. No periodontist knows why. Who is the best periodontist in the world?

Must be a cause: It's terrific that you have great home care, but there must be some other factor or factors that have contributed to your bone loss. May I suggest you seek treatment in a university setting where an entire department can examine you. They may have other resources at their disposal. ...Read more

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What are methods used to prevent further bone loss due to periodontitis?

Control perio: Periodontal disease is incurable, but treatable and maintainable. You must be diligent about following treatment protocols and maintenance schedules, and home care instructions. The key is keeping the bacterial count down by proper oral hygiene and professional periodontal treatment at your dentist's or periodontist's office. ...Read more

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Tips of all my lower teeth make too much contact with the upper inside of my upper teeth. Horizontal bone loss and recession due to this? How likely?

Tips of all my lower teeth make too much contact with the upper inside of my upper teeth. Horizontal bone loss  and recession due to this? How likely?

It's a possibility: Bone loss and recession could be result of different and some times a combination of problems. For example gum disease with secondary occlusal trauma. You need to see a dentist, prosthodontist or a periodontist ...Read more

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What can be done for bone loss?

What can be done for bone loss?

Find the cause: The appropriate treatment depends on the cause of the bone loss. More information is needed. In the meantime, make sure you are getting adequate amount of calcium and vit d from your diet. ...Read more

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What symptoms suggest bone loss?

Sometimes, none: Bone loss is assessed in post-menopausal women with a bone densiometry study. Estrogen tends to mitigate bone loss in pre-menopausal women. Many women with bone loss have no symptoms until a "spontaneous fracture" occurs with or without a fall. ...Read more

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Can you reverse bone loss at 80?

Can you reverse bone loss at 80?

Very difficult: You've asked a great question. In general, after age 21-25, the body only loses bone. Most of our osteoporosis medications inhibit additional loss of bone, but by inhibiting the resorption of bone, we also inhibit any new formation. A number of new medications have good initial results showing more bone formation, but they need more time to prove their value. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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