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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 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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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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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?

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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How do you know if you've had bone loss due to osteopenia?

How do you know if you've had bone loss due to osteopenia?

A bone density/BTM: A dxa bone density is the best way to identify if you have osteopenia. You will be evaluated with a frax if you do your dxa at the right place. You should get a complete copy of your report including the graphics. This is needed to estimate your fracture risk. The world health organization (who) has developed a fracture risk profile the frax. Bad news medicare has decreased payment too low. ...Read more

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After seeing three periodontists, and being honest to them, they do not know the cause of my bone loss. At 39 y/o, how do I find the root cause?

After seeing three periodontists, and being honest to them, they do not know the cause of my bone loss.  At 39 y/o, how do I find the root cause?

Treat perio disease: Many variables, what was your dental status prior to going to three periodontists? Did you see your dentist on a prescribed basis? Were you told that periodontal disease is evident? Were you referred to a periodontist? Do you floss and brush properly? Are you diabetic, a smoker or suffer from any physical ailments? These and more are questions to be pondered- more important treat the problem now. ...Read more

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

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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What can I do to prevent bone loss due to periodontitis?

What can I do to prevent bone loss due to periodontitis?

Periodontitis: Periodontitis is an infection of the gums and bone around the teeth. If you have periodontitis, it needs to be treated by a dentist. If your mouth is healthy, thorough brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will prevent periodontal disease. ...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. Gary Sandler
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Gum Disease (Definition)

Gum disease is a condition in which bacteria that builds up on one's teeth sets up an inflammatory response that damages his gums. This inflammatory response is called gingivitis and is characterized by red, swollen, tender ...Read more