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What To Do If You Have Gum Disease
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you have gum disease on one tooth or one area of the mouth, does the disease spread to other teeth?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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