Category: Gum Disease

Category: Gum Disease

Mar
28
Dental Xray

What are the signs and symptoms of gingivitis? A symptom is something the patient feels and describes, such as painful gums, while a sign is something everybody, including the doctor or nurse can see, such as swelling. In mild cases of gingivitis there may be no discomfort or noticeable symptoms. Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums …

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Mar
21
Flossing

Based on existing evidence, flossing first isn’t necessarily better for oral health than the other way around.   Still, dentists have opinions on the matter. Some recommend flossing first to get the unpleasant task out of the way to avoid the temptation to not do it. Others advise patients to brush with a fluoride toothpaste, then floss. …

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Oct
15

Research has shown a link between cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease leads to increased cytokine production, which triggers a cascade of chemical processes, including pus, swelling, pain, fever, and an increase in the liver’s C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP has been linked to reduced renal function and increased risk for heart attacks. However, patients who seek treatment for periodontal disease can halt this process, as the treatment reduces their CRP levels over time.

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