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February 10, 2015 By: Dr. Andrea Abelman Healthy, proportional gums are an essential component of an attractive smile, and patients need to have adequate gum tissue to protect the sensitive tooth roots that lie underneath the gums. So, when your gum tissue recedes due to advanced gum disease, it’s important to get effective treatment to
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January 12, 2015 By: Dr. Colin Richman Certainly periodontal disease can have devastating effects on your smile, potentially causing tooth and bone loss in its most advanced stages. However, the consequences of periodontal disease are not necessarily confined to your mouth. Gum disease has been linked to a variety of systemic health issues, so getting
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December 17, 2014 By: Dr. Colin Richman Laird Harrison Despite the high success rate of dental implants, patients should hang onto problem teeth as long as possible, a new literature review suggests. The review found that 15-year tooth loss rates range from 3.6% to 13.4%, whereas implant loss rates range from 0% to 33%. Liran
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December 10, 2014 By: Dr. Colin Richman By James Gallagher People living in Roman Britain had healthier gums than their modern-day descendants, a feat of archaeological dentistry shows. A team at King’s College London and the Natural History Museum found only 5% if adults had gum disease in the Roman, and certainly pre-toothbrush, era. Modern
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December 9, 2014 By: Dr. Andrea Abelman If you’re considering getting your tongue or lip pierced, you may want to reconsider if you want to protect your health. Oral piercings can damage the teeth and the gums, potentially requiring interventions like restorative dentistry or gum disease treatment. Infection can be a significant risk associated with
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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