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July 9, 2013 By: Dr. Colin Richman For years, periodontists have been convinced that a great deal of gingival recession, seen in practice, is a result of orthodontic crowding, with or without orthodontic treatment. Unfortunately, evidence was lacking. Last week, a seminal case controlled, multi-centered European study provided the long needed evidence implicating the two.
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May 15, 2013 By: Dr. Colin Richman & Dr. Andrea Abelman Today’s senior citizens are living longer, more active lives than at any other time in our history. Even more inspiring is the fact that well into the 80’s and 90’s, more and more adults are enjoying life by staying active and interacting with the
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April 16, 2013 By: Dr. Andrea Abelman If you have noticed that your gums have become thinner or appear to be moving upward away from the crowns of the teeth, then you likely have gum recession that has been caused by gum inflammation, toothbrush abrasion, and having thin tissues to begin with. Receding gums are
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March 15, 2013 By: Dr. Colin Richman & Dr. Andrea Abelman Patients who lost teeth to extensive decay or advanced periodontal disease often wonder whether their replacement teeth might suffer from the same problems. Dental implants are not prone to cavities because they are made of titanium. The bacteria that cause tooth decay can only
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February 22, 2013 By: Dr. Andrea Abelman LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is a treatment for “pockets” that are found in advancing gum disease. When gum tissues are healthy, there is a space about 2-3mm deep between the gum and the tooth. When plaque collects along the gumline, the gums get inflamed, and the
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Signs and Symptoms of Advanced Dental Disease Including Periodontal (Gum) Disease


Chronic disease anywhere in the body is insidious, thus advanced symptoms may only appear late after significant damage has occurred.

Warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease include:

- Redness, tenderness, pain, swollen gums
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing or biting into an apple
- Insufficient long term flossing over a lifetime
- Receding gums, frequently described ‘getting long in the tooth’
- Teeth moving or shifting
- Loose teeth
- Appliances no longer fit comfortably
- Previous history of tooth loss including parents
- History of smoking, diabetes or other metabolic diseases