By Frank Gordon Jr DDS
December 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health

A large part of your oral health depends on your gum tissue. Your gums support and nourish your teeth, but when they are diseased, the problem spreads throughout your body. At Dr. Frank Gordon, Jr.'s office in Flint, MI, our on-staff periodontist/endodontist and his team alert patients to signs of gum disease and treat them with state of the art services which really work.

What is gum disease?

It's also called periodontitis--literally, inflammation around teeth, explains MedicalNewsToday. Gum disease is a bacteria-based infection. It begins with an oral environment which strep germs really enjoy. Starchy food residues from soft plaque and hard tartar and bacteria proliferate, giving off damaging acids that destroy tooth enamel and degrade gums.

Inflammation from this condition develops problems localized in the mouth and appear linked to chronic and acute health conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart attack, dementia, arthritis, and more. Sadly, many patients who come to our office in Flint, MI, are unaware of how serious their gum problems are. But, your periodontist knows the signs.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gum tissue (especially characteristic of early gum disease, or gingivitis)
  • Heavy deposits of plaque and tartar
  • Deep gum pockets, or sulci
  • Puffiness and tenderness
  • Gum recession (a long-in-the-tooth appearance)
  • Pus at the gum line and in between teeth
  • Mouth and gum sores
  • Shifting, loosening teeth
  • Changing dental bite
  • Bad breath

Gum disease has some basis in heredity. However, much relates to poor oral hygiene, smoking, alcohol, and a low-fiber diet. As such, it is both preventable and treatable.

Here's how your periodontist can help

In our Flint, MI, office, Dr. Gordon will evaluate your gum health. He has extensive training and expertise in periodontal disease and will individualize your treatment. Once your gums are healthy, he'll put you on a maintenance plan to include at-home care (careful brushing and flossing) and in-office treatments.

Offered care includes:

  • Tooth scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar from inter-dental spaces and below the gum line. Root planing smooths root surfaces so your gum tissue can heal and re-attach.
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Laser surgery to debride gums and remove bacteria
  • Tooth replacement with state of the art dental implants as needed

Do not wait

Gum disease doesn't go away by itself. Please call periodontist, Dr. Frank Gordon at his Flint, MI, office. He'll take care of you, your gums, and your health. For your consultation, phone us at (810) 230-0990.



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