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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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


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Are gingivitis and periodontal disease the same thing? The terms often seem to be used interchangeably, but i thought periodontal disease developed from gingivitis. .

Are gingivitis and periodontal disease the same thing? The terms often seem to be used interchangeably, but i thought periodontal disease developed from gingivitis.


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No they are not: Periodontal disease usually includes gingivitis as one of the symptom (gingival inflammation), but gingivitis may not progress to gingivitis (proven in research). Gingivitis is a condition of which the gum is inflamed. Periodontitis is a condition with the periodontal attachment (the bone, the cementum, the periodontal ligament) is loss due to bacteria/product, host reaction, and poor occlusion. ...Read more

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What's the difference between periodontal disease and gingivitis?

What's the difference between periodontal disease and gingivitis?

One is worse: 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 untreated, then the infection moves deeper into the jaw, and it progresses to the more severe, periodontal disease. ...Read more

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What are the differences between gingivitis and periodontitis disease?

Gingivitis: Gingivitis is an infection of only the gum tissue around the teeth and is reversible with treatment. Periodontitis is where the the bone around the teeth as well as the soft gum tissues have been infected and the bone is being destroyed. Like other chronic diseases this can be treated and controlled but the bone cannot be restored and replaced once it is gone. ...Read more

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If someone has teeth malocclusion that is the cause of gum recession, is it technically periodontal disease since it does affect the gums?

If someone has teeth malocclusion that is the cause of gum recession, is it technically periodontal disease since it does affect the gums?

Not Really: While there is a "gum" component to the problem, the gingival recession is the result of mal-occlusion. Periodontal disease is most often associated with specific pathogens, genetics, medications causing an abnormal oral environment, poor hygiene or any combination of the above, including mal-occlusion as a factor. There is not a simple answer, but correction of the occlussal problem will help! ...Read more

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Can gum disease be the early stages of periodontal disease?

It's the same: It begins as gingivitis. If that is left untreated it can turn into early gum disease or periodontal disease and then advance from there. ...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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Dr. David May Dr. May
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How is actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans and p. Gingivalis that appear to cause the most aggressive periodontal disease id'd and controlled?

Dr. David May Dr. May
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How is actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans and p. Gingivalis that appear to cause the most aggressive periodontal disease id'd and controlled?

DNATesting: Before and after your periodontal therapy, you can the perio id salivary testing done through the oral dna company. Any dentist can sign up to do this. It tells what the level of all 11 pathogenic bacteria are. Also which antibiotics might be useful if the levels are high. It is a simple swish and spit test. ...Read more

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What is the difference between teeth cavities and gum ulcers and their scaling or root canals?

What is the difference between teeth cavities and gum ulcers and their scaling or root canals?

Cavities?: Not sure what exactly you are asking. Cavities are nothing more than "holes" in teeth. Deep cavities can lead to needing a root canal on the tooth. Gum ulcers are just worn away patches of gum tissue with various causes. Scaling of the teeth is a procedure done to treat gum disease caused by plaque and tartar buildup. ...Read more

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What is the cause of periodontal disease?

What is the cause of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease: Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. It is caused by chronic poor oral hygiene...improper and incomplete brushing and flossing, plus not having regular visits to the dentist. Periodontal disease will continue to get worse if not treated, leading to loss of teeth, and possible increases in systemic inflammation. ...Read more

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Is damaged looking gums due to loss of enamel at the gum line area gum disease or is their another name for this?

Is damaged looking gums due to loss of enamel at the gum line area gum disease or is their another name for this?

Hard to say: Need to see what it is that you are referring to. The loss of enamel and resultant defect is called abfraction. Typically the tissue is very healthy in this area. However, if you are not keeping it clean when things get trapped in the notch, then you can have gum tissue irritation. Good Luck. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having gingivitis and periodontitis?

What is the difference between having gingivitis and periodontitis?

Early /late stages: When you get inflammation of the gum tissues around the teeth , that is gingivitis , when that gingivitis stays untreated, then it turns to periodontitis , which is the inflammation of all the tissues surrounding the teeth including the gums, periodontal ligaments around the teeth roots and the bone sockets of those teeth. ...Read more

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Is there any relation between gum disease and RA ? Does RA affect the gum? And what's the cure for gum disease?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Chicken or the egg: The fact is that gum disease is worse in patients with RA, but we are not certain what comes first, the gum disease or the RA? Regardless, the treatment for gum disease is to keep good oral hygiene, in addition to periodontal and medical treatments. ...Read more

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Is pain in the gums when brushing usually a sign of periodontitis?

Not always: Periodontal disease often has no outward signs... that's why patients don't always know they have a problem. Have your dentist evaluate your periodontal health. ...Read more

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What is the frequency for planing for periodontal disease?

What is the frequency for planing for periodontal disease?

Depends......: .......On the severity of your periodontal problem. The average thorough "deep" cleaning (scaling and root planing) may take up to 4 appointments (1 quadrant is 1/4 of the mouth, per appointment) subsequent to the initial treatment, you may need to see the dentist, periodontist or hygienist 3 - 4 times per year, although I have some patients who come in every 4 - 6 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the relationship of simvastatin that dentists us it for the treatment of gum disease?!

What is the relationship  of simvastatin   that dentists us it
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Not standard of care: Simvastatin is in a class of drugs known as statins and a lipid-lowering agent that is used to lower cholesterol levels. Some studies report statins also reduced inflammation associated with gum disease which suggests that steps taken to reduce gum disease may also reduce inflammation in the arteries ; vice versa.The effects are minimal at best ; other more definitive treatment is standard of care. ...Read more

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What is the link between heart disease and gum disease and how?

What is the link between heart disease and gum disease and how?

They are linked: Scientific studies have shown that people with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums and better oral health. ...Read more

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For caries involving the pulp, is it always called pulpitis?

For caries involving the pulp, is it always called pulpitis?

Yes, pulpitis: By the definition pulpitis is a term for inflammation of the tooth "pulp". Although pulpitis can be fixed by the dentist the prevention of cavities is the best strategy for your oral health. ...Read more

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Which gum is worst for chewing in terms of sugar and dental hygiene?

Which gum is worst for chewing in terms of sugar and dental hygiene?

Sugar Gum is Worse: Any gum with sugar should be avoided. Sugar is immediate food for the bacteria in our mouths that cause cavities. Try a gum that is sugarless and has a natural cavity preventing ingredient called xylitol. ...Read more

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Gingivitis (Definition)

A form of gum disease caused by bacteria and poor oral hygiene that ...Read more