Posts for tag: Gum Disease

By Frank Gordon Jr DDS
December 26, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

What's so concerning about gingivitis and other forms of gum disease? Among other issues, if this infection is left untreated, it can lead to tooth, gum, and bone loss as well as severe attacks on your systemic health. Fortunately, your periodontist/endodontist, Dr. Frank Gordon Jr., treats gum disease in his Flint, MI, office, helping patients have vibrant smiles and improve their overall health.

Just what is gum disease?

You may have it and not even know it. Basically, gum disease is an infection stemming from destructive bacteria that live in soft plaque and hard tartar. These biofilms accumulate on and between teeth and under the gums.

Today, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, many people don't even know they have it, as they can often ignore the subtle signs of the condition.

Signs of gum disease

Here are the symptoms of this potentially difficult oral health issue:

  • Gum tenderness, puffiness, and bleeding
  • Changes in gum color (redness or duskiness)
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in the fit of a denture or in overall dental bite
  • Exposed tooth roots because of receding gums
  • Teeth which appear longer than they used to
  • Pus
  • Deep pockets between tooth roots and gums (greater than three millimeters is diagnostic for gum disease)

Treatment of gum disease

Mild gingivitis usually responds to improved at-home hygiene, dietary habits, and a professional cleaning from our Flint office that removes problematic plaque and tartar. More aggressive periodontitis may require antibiotics and treatments such as gum grafting to cover exposed root or laser debridement of infected tissues.

To stabilize and strengthen mobile teeth, Dr. Gordon may recommend a periodontal splint. For the best in tooth replacement, he places dental implants that retain a single prosthetic tooth or partial/full dentures as needed.

Contact Dr. Frank Gordon

Call our office in Flint, MI, for a complete evaluation. We are open Monday through Friday. Phone (810) 230-0090 today to schedule an appointment.

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 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.
February 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

If your gums are swollen or bleed when brushing, those are signs of possible gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum gum diseasedisease is a bacterial infection of the gums. If left untreated, the infection can spread and weaken the supporting structures of the teeth, which can cause teeth to loosen over time and ultimately require extraction. Gum disease can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene at home, as well as through regular dental checkups and cleanings. Dr. Frank Gordon is your Flint, MI, dentist, here to treat gum disease and help with prevention.

Signs of Gum Disease

There are several signs of gum disease and they are important to notice. Treating gum disease early on can stop the infection from spreading and causing other periodontal problems. If you have developed any of the following signs of gum disease, see a Flint dentist soon. Signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen, tender or red gums
  • Gums that bleed after brushing or flossing
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Toothaches
  • Bad breath

Causes of Gum Disease

In short, gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Daily brushing and flossing help prevent gum disease by removing this bacteria. When the bacteria is not removed, plaque forms on the teeth that can lead to tartar buildup. Ultimately, gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, can develop from tartar buildup. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. Only a professional dental cleaning can successfully remove tartar. This is why practicing good oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly are so important for preventing gum disease.

Some conditions are also associated with an increased risk of developing gum disease. These include having a genetic predisposition to developing it, being diabetic, taking certain medications and being a smoker. For women, hormonal changes can also increase risk by increasing gum sensitivity. Individuals with one or more of these conditions tend to develop gum disease more easily. Regular dental visits can help you maintain healthier gums and better manage your risk for developing gum disease.

Don’t ignore the signs of gum disease, such as bleeding or swollen gums. A dentist can treat your gum disease, stop its progression and help you achieve healthier gums. For treatment of gum disease in Flint, MI, contact the office of Dr. Gordon by calling (810) 230-0990.



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