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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

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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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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I have braces and think i might have periodontitis or gingivitis. Help?

Sure!: Have an examination performed by a board certified periodontist! this will give you your answer! good luck! ...Read more

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How to tell if it's gingivitis or periodontitis?

How to tell if it's gingivitis or periodontitis?

Attachment loss: Gingivitis is soft tissue only, periodontitis involves attachment loss and bone loss. The best way to determing which it is is to see a periodontist for an examination and images. Don't wait for it to hurt! ...Read more

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How do I know it is bad gingivitis or periodontitis?

How do I know it is bad gingivitis or periodontitis?

See dentist: Inflammation of the gums ( gingivitis) usually develop from poor oral hygiene , and if left untreated , it turns into periodontitis which is inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth from gums, ligaments and bone of the jaw ...Read more

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Is this gingivitis or periodontitis? Is there a difference?

Is this gingivitis or periodontitis? Is there a difference?

Dental exam: Gingivitis means your gums are inflammed but if it progresses deeper and the bacteria gets into the jawbone, you have periodontitis, you may notice a fetid odor or loosening teeth; but the only sure diagnosis is from a periodontal exam and x-rays with your dentist. ...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


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