Posts for category: Oral Health

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
May 30, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Show your gum disease who’s boss. Here’s how to handle this common oral disorder.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when plaque builds up under the gums. As the plaque hardens it causes the bacteria inside gumdiseaseof it to multiply, which leads to inflammation and other potentially serious issues if left untreated. From the office of our Flint, MI, periodontist Dr. Frank Gordon, Jr., learn more about your treatment options and how to prevent gum disease from happening to you.

How do I know that I have gum disease?

Symptoms may be barely noticeable in the beginning; however, you may notice that your gums are inflamed, puffy, or tender to the touch. You may also notice that your gums bleed whenever you floss or brush your teeth. Bleeding gums is a classic warning sign that shouldn’t go ignored. If you are experiencing bleeding gums it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Flint, MI, periodontist.

How is gum disease treated?

Along with maintaining good oral hygiene your dentist may also recommend scaling and root planing, the most common treatment option for gum disease. This extreme deep cleaning goes under the gums and even removes plaque from the roots of the teeth. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, scaling, and root planing can be completed in one to two visits. You should come in at least every six months for scaling and root planing to maintain healthy gums.

There are also medicated rinses that your dentist might prescribe for you to use every day after brushing your teeth. Certain antimicrobial rinses, which are used in the same way as regular mouthwash, can reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Sometimes antibiotics may also be prescribed.

During scaling and root planing your periodontist may place little antibiotic fibers into pockets within the gums, which will slowly release antibiotics into these areas to kill the bacteria. Conversely, antibiotics may also be taken orally (for more persistent infections) or applied topically.

If you are looking for a dentist who can help you manage your gum disease or if you are experiencing changes in the health of your gums, don’t hesitate to call our Flint, MI, dental office today.

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
November 01, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Gum disease presents a significant risk to a patient’s dental health and could exacerbate other health conditions. Yet and still, close to half of American adults are living with this condition according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Know the dangers of gum disease, treatment options, and how you can avoid this oral health problem with the help of Dr. Frank Gordon in Flint, MI.

What Is Gum Disease?
When most people think of oral diseases that need to be treated by a dentist, they think of the decay and inflammation that can happen inside of a tooth. But another concerning form of oral disease is called gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis). It causes the slow deterioration of the bone tissue and the recession of gum tissue. Most cases of gum disease are caused by poor oral hygiene (namely, lack of flossing) and some dental experts believe it may run in families.

Dangers of Gum Disease
Gum disease, untreated, can eventually cause affected teeth to loosen. The bacteria can eliminate whole areas of bone over time. It can cause the deterioration of several teeth in the quadrants of the mouth, or all of them. In some cases, the dentist will recommend extracting the teeth before the infection can spread.

Gum Disease Treatments
Trust that your Flint, MI dentist will be able to suggest conservative treatments if you visit the office at the first signs of gum disease. Those treatments include:

- Scaling and root planing.
- Periodontal laser treatment (heat from the laser targets bad tissue while preserving good tissue).
- Antibiotic therapies to keep bad bacteria under control.
- Gum and bone grafting (to rebuild bone tissue).
- Dental implants to permanently replace teeth that are beyond treatment.

Schedule a Gum Examination
When you notice the potential signs of gum disease, visit the dentist’s office for a confirmed diagnosis and early treatment. Call (810) 230-0990 today to schedule your visit with Dr. Frank Gordon at his office in Flint, MI.

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
July 26, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain   Toothache  

Tooth PainWhat your dentist in Flint wants you to know

Why does your tooth hurt? That’s a good question, and the answer may not be obvious. That’s why it’s important to seek out the help of an expert at the first sign of tooth pain. Dr. Frank L. Gordon Jr. in Flint, MI, is both a periodontist and an endodontist, so he is an expert on the causes and treatment of tooth pain.

Decay is often a cause of tooth pain. Decay is caused by bacterial acid from the sugary foods and beverages you eat or drink. The acid eats away at your hard tooth enamel, penetrating into the soft layer underneath, the dentin. You won’t always experience pain with tooth decay, which is why it’s so vital to visit your dentist yearly for an exam and x-rays to diagnose tooth decay early. Pain from tooth decay can usually be eliminated with a dental filling or crown.

If tooth decay is not treated early, the decay can progress to the innermost layer of your tooth, where the nerves and blood supply are located. This area is known as the pulp chamber. Once decay penetrates into the pulp, your tooth can become badly inflamed and very painful. You may experience sudden, sharp pain or aching when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages, or you may notice increasing pressure and pain. You may also notice a white or red bump on your gums, a sign the tooth has abscessed. Pain from pulp damage can usually be eliminated with root canal therapy.

Tooth pain isn’t always related to tooth decay. In fact, there are many causes of tooth pain, including:

  • Grinding your teeth at night; pain associated with night grinding can often be treated by wearing a nightguard.
  • Exposed tooth roots due to periodontal disease or gum recession; you may benefit from protective tooth-colored fillings placed on the roots, or gum grafts to cover up exposed areas.
  • Abrasion or erosion due to hard toothbrush use, acidic foods, or bad habits; a bonding treatment or filling can often eliminate sensitivity by protecting the tooth surface.

There are many causes of tooth pain, which is why it’s important to seek out an expert for an accurate diagnosis. A good outcome depends on early diagnosis and early treatment. At the first sign of tooth pain, just pick up the phone and call Dr. Gordon in Flint, MI. Don’t wait for tooth pain to become unbearable, call today!

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
July 02, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Gum disease threatens the oral health and systemic well-being of millions of people across the US. Loosening teeth, damaging bone andgum disease contributing to significant problems with overall health, periodontal problems cannot be ignored. Dr. Frank Gordon diagnoses and treats gum disease in his Flint, MI, dental practice. He can help you maintain your best gingival health.

What is gum disease?

It's an infection of the gums which causes inflammation and destruction of both hard and soft oral tissue. Beginning when bacteria proliferate in between teeth and below the gum line, periodontal disease may be mild, severe, or somewhere in between, exhibiting symptoms such as:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Pain
  • Soreness
  • Pus
  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Bone deterioration
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Mobile teeth
  • New gaps between teeth

The American Academy of Periodontology says that gum disease is prevalent (about 45 million American adults have some form of it). However, many individuals are totally unaware of it and its consequent tooth loss, bone deterioration and health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, arthritis, and more. In other words, your oral health definitely impacts your entire body.

Do you have gum disease?

When you come to his office in Flint, Dr. Gordon can tell you if you have gingivitis or periodontitis. Measurement of periodontal pockets (the spaces between your teeth and gums) reliably indicates how severe the problem is (deeper than three millimeters indicates periodontitis).

Treating gum disease

While heredity and some health conditions predispose people to periodontitis (diabetes and cancer are two of them), gum disease really is preventable. Common sense strategies for keeping gums healthy include:

  • Twice a day brushing and daily flossing
  • A healthy diet, including fiber, low-fat proteins, dairy products, and plenty of water
  • Semi-annual cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Gordon (more frequent if necessary)
  • Smoking cessation and reducing alcohol intake

In-office treatments may include:

  • Tooth-scaling and root planing to remove bacteria-laden plaque and tartar
  • Installation of antibiotics in gum pockets
  • Laser gum surgery to remove diseased tissue and to seal gums to tooth surfaces
  • Gum grafting which places donor tissue or gum tissue from other areas of the mouth over exposed roots

Your dentist will chart and maintain a continuing record of your periodontal health so your gums recover and stay healthy for the long-term. Dr. Gordon believes this is a true doctor-patient partnership which can help your oral health thrive.

It's important

Find out all you can about gum disease. Dr. Gordon and his team will help you. If it's time for your cleaning and check-up, please call the office today for an appointment in Flint, MI: (810) 230-0990.

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
January 29, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

Tooth pain definitely isn't something that's easy to ignore. It can start as persistent tooth sensitivity and progress to major headaches that tooth painmake it difficult to sleep or eat. It's best to get the cause of tooth pain diagnosed early on so that you have more options when you visit your Flint, MI dentist for help. 

Tooth Pain Causes
The most common cause of tooth pain is dental decay. This happens when a cavity grows to the point where the inner pulp is being irritated and inflamed by bad bacteria. Another possible cause of tooth pain is enamel erosion, where the outer enamel wears down, causing tooth sensitivity. You may also feel some tooth pain if you have gum disease, which causes bleeding and discomfort when you brush. Some patients have TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, which can cause pain in the back molars and jaw. Another possible cause of tooth pain is the teeth shifting and pushing against each other (common for people who still have their wisdom teeth).

Tooth Pain Solutions
The tooth pain solution your Flint dentist suggests will depend on the cause. For instance, problems related to dental decay will be resolved with cavity fillings or root canal therapy. Gum disease can be reversed with periodontal therapy, scaling or root planing. A crown can reinforce and restore a worn-down tooth. Patients who have TMJ disorder can be treated by wearing a special dental appliance. Finally, if your tooth pain is related to your wisdom teeth, extraction may be necessary.

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy
After you’ve experienced tooth pain, you want to do everything possible to prevent it from happening again. Here are some tips for how to keep your teeth healthy and pain-free:

- Floss often to avoid gum disease and dislodge particles that could cause you dental pain. 
- Wear night guards or mouth guards to protect your teeth from damage or injury.
- See your dentist at least twice a year for dental checkups.

Get Help with Tooth Pain
The pain you're experiencing doesn't have to get worse—it can get better with immediate treatment. Call (810) 230-0990 today to schedule an appointment at Dr. Frank Gordon's dentist office in Flint, MI.