Posts for tag: Periodontal Disease

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.

By Frank Gordon Jr DDS
April 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, presents a serious threat not only to your oral health but also to your overall health. People with gum disease have two or three times the risk of a heart attack. Dr. Frank Gordon Jr is an endodontist and periodontist based in Flint, MI. He gives the following advice for preventing periodontal disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a severe infection in the gum tissue that hold your teeth in their normal place. It is caused by poor dental hygiene habits. There are two stages of periodontal disease.

Stage one: The initial stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
  • Inflamed gums
  • Bright red gums
  • Sensitive gums
  • Bad breath

At the first signs of gingivitis, Flint residents usually make an appointment with Dr. Gordon.

Stage Two: Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. As well as the above, signs and symptoms include:

  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Gum sensitivity when brushing, flossing or chewing
  • Tooth loss
  • Depletion of bone

At his point, the symptoms of gum disease may be irreversible.

How to Prevent Periodontal Disease

You can avoid gum disease by maintaining the following healthy habits:

  • Brushing teeth twice a day
  • Using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Brushing for two minutes
  • Flossing daily
  • Rinsing with mouthwash
  • Visiting the dentist twice a year

Next time you visit your dentist, discuss your gum health. Ask your dentist to provide you with an oral care plan that is designed specifically for your needs. You should also get your children examined regularly for gum disease. If you experience any warning signs of gingivitis, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

If you are looking for a periodontist in Flint, call Dr. Gordon on (810) 230-0990.


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