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If a person had periodontitis / gum disease and gave oral sex can the receiver get infected. As there's no information on this on web?

If a person had periodontitis / gum disease and gave oral sex can the receiver get infected. As there's no information on this on web?

Periodontal disease: The bacteria that causes periodontal disease can be transferred during kissing or sharing utensils. While there will be an exchange of bacteria during oral sex,there are more serious diseases that can be transferred than periodontal disease. Please practice safe sex. ...Read more

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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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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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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How long before gingivitis turns to periodontitis? I think I have gingivitis, because my gums bleed when i brush. I haven't been going to the dentist regularly, because i don't have dental insurance coverage. How long can I wait before i'll get periodonti

How long before gingivitis turns to periodontitis? I think I have gingivitis, because my gums bleed when i brush. I haven't been going to the dentist regularly, because i don't have dental insurance coverage. How long can I wait before i'll get periodonti

Gingivitis : Gingivitis does not always turn into periodontitis but often does. Your immune reponse will dictate how fast and how much the disease will progress. Arresting the disease as soon as it is discovered is the best way to prevent progression. Brushing and flossing regularly and being regular with your dental hygiene visits will help. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of gum disease, gingivitis?

How do you get rid of gum disease, gingivitis?

See a periodontist: I would suggest a consult with a periodontist to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan best suited for you. ...Read more

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My tooth is somewhat loose, is that from gingivitis (gum disease) and can my tooth be saved.

Gum disease: Loose teeth in the mouth is a sure sign that periodontal disease has been active in the mouth for a while. If untreated the loose teeth are going to drop out of your mouth one at a time. The good news that that it is possible to stop the bacteria responsible for gum disease and to recover from having loose teeth. See your dentist for exam, x-rays and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if i can trust my new dentist who says i need gum treat due to signs of pre-gingivitis or pre-periodontal disease?

Pre Perio disease: If your gums bleed during brushing, or during professional cleaning, that hurst, bad breath, have perio pockets like 3mm or more all over your mouth or you do not have your teeth clean on a regular bases you probably need deep perio cleaning. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has gingivitis and i discovered he has used my toothbrush. Can i get gingivitis or any other gum disease? Also, other than good oral hygiene, what can he do for his gum issues? Thank you.

My boyfriend has gingivitis and i discovered he has used my toothbrush.  Can i get gingivitis or any other gum disease? Also, other than good oral hygiene, what can he do for his gum issues?  Thank you.

Not probable!: Sure, gingivitis and most bacterial issues are transmittable between species however one needs to susceptible. If you are flossing daily, brushing in a vibratory manner at the gum tooth interface, you probably don't have and are not susceptible to gum issues from your boyfriends tooth brush. Think about it...You are kissing the guy ; you're ok! isn't that a more direct means of transmission!. ...Read more

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Most effective way to get rid of gum disease like gingivitis and removing sore bleeding gums?

Most effective way to get rid of gum disease like gingivitis and removing sore bleeding gums?

See a gum specialist: If your good habits at home, i.e. Brushing and flossing, don't reduce the problem, you may have more serious periodontitis rather than just gingivitis. See your dentist soon. ...Read more

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New rec gums 2 lower teeth. h/o healthy teeth but always aggressive/hard when brushing. No bleed/other symp. Gingivitis, gum disease or from brushing?

New rec gums 2 lower teeth. h/o healthy teeth but always aggressive/hard when brushing. No bleed/other symp. Gingivitis, gum disease or from brushing?

All of the above: While periodontal or gum disease is the main cause of gum recession, aggressive tooth brushing can contribute. As I understand it, gingivitis is a milder form of gum disease, but the more severe periodontitis is a serious gum infection damaging the soft tissue & destroying the bone that supports your teeth. Receding gums are symptoms of both. Follow your dentist's guidelines for prevention. ...Read more

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How can I cure gum immflamation gingivitis ?

Brush and flosss: Brushing and flossing regularly will help reduce bacteria counts in your mouth. Gum inflammation/gingivitis is the bodies response to these bacteria. If the problem persists see a dentist. A mouthwash like listerine (alcohol free) can help as well. ...Read more

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Is bleeding gums always a symptom of gingivitis?

Is bleeding gums always a symptom of gingivitis?

No: If you are causing excessive trauma to your gums then they will bleed. If your gums are bleeding with normal brushing and flossing then you have gingivitis. Get checked by a dentist. ...Read more

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What else can cause gums to bleed besides gingivitis?

What else can cause gums to bleed besides gingivitis?

Low platelets: Mucosal bleeding, like bleeding gums or bloody nose, is common when the blood platelet count is low, or in case of an inherited blood clotting disorder called von Willebrand's disease. Petechiae, or little red spots on the skin and roof of the mouth also go along with this. In case of gingivitis, good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing regularly can alleviate the problem. ...Read more

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Pain in gums where crown is placed? Is that cavity or gingivitis?

Pain in gums where crown is placed? Is that cavity or gingivitis?

It is possible: A little more history about the onset and type of pain you are experiencing is necessary. If the crown has been in place for a long period of time, you could have recurrent decay in the tooth. You could also have a periodontal or gum problem. If the crown is a new crown, it could be related to irritation from the seating of the crown, possibly some residual cement , or your occlusion or bite. ...Read more

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What's gingivitis the teeth or gum thing you said what is that.?

Gingivitis: Gingivitis is reversible inflammation of the gums. The gums are red, swollen and bleed easily when you brush and floss. Your toothbrush might be pink after brushing. The primary cause is placque accumulation. Contributing factors are smoking, dry mouth, pregnancy, some medical conditions, some medications. Start brushing and flossing at least twice a day. And see a dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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Does injured gum from gingivitis grow back?

Does injured gum from gingivitis grow back?

Gum damage: Mild changes like swollen, puffy, inflamed, red, bleeding and slightly receded gums usually can recover 100% with proper dental care and oral hygiene. The longer it goes on and the greater the changes, the less likely to recover. Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal (gum) disease and usually easy to treat. Periodontitis is more difficult to treat and may result in permanent damage. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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


Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Gingivitis (Definition)

A form of gum disease ...Read more