Warning! The Stages of Gum Disease to Watch Out For

The stages of gum disease

When most people think of gum disease, they think of the first stage of the condition. You probably know the name “gingivitis“, which is the beginning of gum disease. However, if gingivitis isn’t treated, gum disease can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis has three stages, which are early, moderate, and advanced. The longer gum disease is left untreated, the more problems … Read More

Effective Ways To Treat Your Gingivitis

Effective ways to treat gingivitis with brushing flossing and mouthwash

Gingivitis is the mildest and earliest form of gum disease that a person can develop. The condition is caused by a buildup of plaque at the gumline. The bacteria that is harbored by the plaque then goes on to cause redness, tenderness, and inflammation. It can also make your gums bleed when you brush or floss them. If left untreated, … Read More

5 Myths About Oral Hygiene You Need to Stop Believing Now

myth-fact-oral-hygiene

We all have our misconceptions about a range of topics. When it comes to our health, we often like to think we know what we’re talking about. And once we’ve latched onto an idea, it can be hard to let go, no matter what anyone tells us. But thinking the wrong thing about how to stay healthy can be damaging … Read More

New Potential Treatment for Gum Disease

Gum Disease Research

When parasitic bacteria build up below the gum line, it can result in gum disease. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease or periodontitis, damages gums, teeth and bones and if left untreated, leads to a more severe immune reaction that can damage tissues. Fortunately, University of Louisville researchers now have a better understanding of how bacteria build up and colonize … Read More

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Heart

Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Continuing research has uncovered possible links between infections of the gums and other diseases that affect the body. One of the more recent potential links discovered by research indicates a connection between gum disease and heart (cardiovascular) disease. Some studies indicate that gum disease could be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than other health factors including gender, … Read More

Possible Connection Between Periodontal Disease and RA

Gum Disease and RA

Maintaining proper oral hygiene at home can be challenging for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA causes joint pain and manual dexterity difficulty, which makes daily tasks such as brushing and flossing difficult. Periodontal disease is more prevalent in those with RA, and the limitations of the health issue may be one reason. RA and inadequate oral hygiene Periodontal disease … Read More

September is National Gum Care Month

national gum care month is september

September marks a changing of seasons from summer to fall and as you change your routine for back to school and your wardrobe for cooler weather, it’s important to keep up with your usual oral routine too. September is National Gum Care Month, dedicated to the proper care of the tissues surrounding your teeth. There are many things you can … Read More

Dr. Chester Chianese: Scaling and Root Planing to Arrest Gum Disease

Scaling and Root Planing to Treat Gum Disease

The best treatment for gum disease is preventing it with great oral hygiene practices. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, which is why gum disease is one of the top dental issues today. A highly effective way of arresting gum disease before it advances into more severe stages is through root planing and scaling, also called deep cleaning or gum treatment. … Read More

Benefits of Oral Irrigators/Water Flossers

philips sonicare airfloss

For people with extremely tight spaces between their teeth, have braces or implants or are just pressed for time, flossing is a chore they avoid. While there are alternatives to normal dental floss such as thinner, waxed floss and interdental (between-the-teeth) cleaners, many people find it too time-consuming and don’t use the right technique, so they’re not thoroughly cleaning their … Read More

Periodontal Maintenance – Treating Gum Disease

Stop Gum Disease

In the previous installments here and here of our Periodontal Maintenance series we explained what periodontal/gum disease is, how to recognize it, known risk factors, and how to prevent it. For our last installment, it’s time to explore the treatment options for gum disease and proper follow-up procedures. Treating gum disease Depending on how far the periodontal disease has progressed, … Read More