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Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

The term “periodontal”means “around the tooth.”  Periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis and gum disease) is a common inflammatory condition which affects the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the tooth; also the jawbone itself...
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Signs and Symptoms

Common signs & symptoms of periodontal disease are as follows: Unexplained bleeding when brushing, flossing or eating food. This is a sign of periodontal infection.  Toxins in the plaque cause an infection which makes the tissues prone to bleeding.  Redness,...
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Mouth - Body Connection

Good oral hygiene does more than just giving you a beautiful smile.  A healthy mouth goes hand and hand with a healthy body.  Proper oral hygiene has been shown to reduce the risk of serious diseases and perhaps even preserving your memory in golden years according to...
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Diagnosis

Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist or dental hygienist during a periodontal examination.  This type of exam should always be part of your regular dental check-up. A periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently used to measure the sulcus...
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Treatment

Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease.  Your dentist and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the...
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