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What would you do to decide if you have gum disease?

Signs: Bleeding gums, swollen gums, loose teeth, bad breath, receeding gums. These are all signs of gum disease. See your dentist and get a periodontal exam with xrays. Your dentist can easily diagnose this for you. ...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


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What happens if you have gum disease while pregnant?

What happens if you have gum disease while pregnant?

Hormones: Hormonal changes can cause a preexisting gum problem to worsen.It that happens to you, see a periodontist and make sure the periodontist consults with your ob/gyn before you have any treatment. ...Read more

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If you have gum disease while pregnant, willl you deliver a healthy baby ?

If you have gum disease while pregnant, willl you deliver a healthy baby ?

Gum Disease: Gum disease will not affect your unborn child, but it can affect your general health. During pregnancy the gums are generally more susceptible to bleeding do to hormonal changes even in the absence of gum disease. The disease is closely associated with poor habits of dental home care. See your dentist for treatment, improve you dental home care and welcome your baby with a healthy smile! ...Read more

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Could somebody get braces if you have gum disease and loose teeth in their sockets?

Could somebody get braces if you have gum disease and loose teeth in their sockets?

Not likely: Any dentist doing braces would be quite worried if you had current gum disease. Consult with your general dentist and an orthodontist. ...Read more

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Can it take longer for gums to heal after teeth extraction if you have gum disease ?

It can...: Gum disease typically occurs when gum tissue is aggravated by excessive plaque and bacteria combined with poor oral hygiene. When gum disease is not managed, this can result in the delayed healing of surgical areas, not to mention an increased risk of infection. My best advise is to see your dentist and hygienist before any oral surgery. ...Read more

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If you have gum disease on one tooth or one area of the mouth, does the disease spread to other teeth?

Seek treatment ASAP: The bacteria infection can spread through your mouth, enter the blood stream and affect other parts of the body. If you have have gum disease, you should seek treatment ASAP. ...Read more

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Once you have gum disease can that be reversed

Once you have gum disease can that be reversed

Gum Disease Tx: The early phase known as gingivitis is easily reversed with a professional cleaning and proper home care (brushing and flossing). As the disease progresses into the more serious form known as periodontitis, treatment becomes more extensive and complicated. The more the bone loss, the more difficult to treat. Medical conditions also play a role in success. Maintenance after treatment is key! ...Read more

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Can you have gum disease and not have any pain in your gums?

Can you have gum disease and not have any pain in your gums?

Absolutely: If you have pain you're at the tooth-loosing stage. Don't wait, see a Periodontist, a gum/bone specialist, for an evaluation. Painless early gum disease is easier/cheaper to treat than painful advanced gum disease. ...Read more

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Signs of gum disease?

Swollen bleeding gum: There are several signs. The two most obvious are swollen, bleeding gums. Other signs are bad breath and loose teeth. Any adult with these problems should see a dentist right away. ...Read more

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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