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May 14, 2024
Improving Gum Health Within Your Daily Dental Routine

Oral health refers to the general health of your mouth, including your teeth and gums. Periodontics specifically focuses on the gums and bone that surround the teeth, or periodontal tissue. There is a tendency to focus primarily on the teeth when it comes to dental hygiene, but the support structures for the teeth are just […]

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March 18, 2024
4 Dangers of Leaving Periodontal Disease Untreated

Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums. It is caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth that hardens into calculus and works its way under the gum tissue. The longer it remains, the greater the chance of developing periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease is a progressive condition […]

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January 29, 2024
Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most highly desired tooth replacement options available in dentistry. When one or more teeth are missing or damaged to the point of needing extraction, dental implants provide a replacement option.  If you’re trying to decide if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you, it helps to […]

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November 21, 2023
Benefits of Choosing a Periodontist for Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants provide a functional, natural looking replacement for teeth that are missing or damaged beyond saving. The placement of dental implants can be a minor surgical procedure that can be performed by any dentist or dental surgeon. Then why choose a periodontist for your dental implant surgery? Consider the following benefits.  Training and Expertise  […]

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November 6, 2023
How Quickly Can Gingivitis Turn Into Periodontitis?

Gingivitis is a common condition caused by bacteria which affects the gum tissue. It is characterized by red, swollen, bleeding gums, and sometimes bad breath. Periodontitis, sometimes called periodontal or gum disease, is a more advanced stage that occurs after gingivitis and results in loss of bone and gum tissue that hold the teeth in […]

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September 24, 2023
How to Select the Best Periodontist Near Me

Are you looking for a periodontist? If you’re not already familiar with the field of periodontics, a periodontist is a dentist who specializes in conditions and treatment of the support structures for the teeth, primarily the gums and bone.  Your general dentist may have recommended that you see a periodontist for a specific type of […]

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September 23, 2023
What Does a Periodontist Do?

Periodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on the support structures for the teeth, including the jaw, gums, and bone. Your teeth can only be healthy and function properly if they have adequate support, which can be a separate but related issue in oral health. In certain cases problems with these support structures require […]

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September 22, 2023
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Are you looking for a replacement option for a missing tooth? Whether your tooth has been missing for a while or you need to have a severely decayed or damaged tooth extracted, it is always in the best interest of your dental health to replace it so your teeth do not shift.  If you’re considering […]

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September 21, 2023
5 Signs You Have Gum Disease

Gum disease, formally called periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums. It occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth and hardens into calculus. The bacteria contained in plaque and calculus infects the gum tissue causing your body to become inflamed, resulting in gum disease.  Gum disease often goes undetected because patients don’t […]

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September 20, 2023
Treatment for Bone Loss in the Mouth

Bone loss can occur in the mouth due to a few different reasons. The problem with bone loss in the mouth is that it can leave the teeth unsupported or make it difficult to replace lost teeth. Is there anything that can be done to reverse bone loss?  A periodontist may be able to help […]

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September 19, 2023
What are Gum Disease Treatments?

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease is a condition that affects the gum tissue. It is an infection caused by bacteria contained in plaque and your body’s reaction to that bacteria. When plaque bacteria settles on the teeth along and under the gumline and remains there long enough, it may eventually infect the […]

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September 18, 2023
Top 10 Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, is a common condition affecting 30-50% of Americans. Bad breath can have a negative impact on your life, both personally and professionally. Most people who have bad breath are not even aware of it.  You may think that bad breath only comes from eating certain foods, such as onions and garlic. […]

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February 16, 2023
Why Do My Gums Bleed?

Are you one of the many people who suffer from bleeding gums? If so, you're not alone. Some studies estimate that around 80% of people living in the United States have some form of gingivitis or bleeding gums. Bleeding gums can have a variety of causes and treatments. Possible Causes of Bleeding Gums Bleeding gums […]

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February 3, 2023
Home Remedies to Prevent Gum Disease

Do it yourself home remedies and social media health hacks have become popular over the last few years. Gum disease is an infection of the bone and gum tissue surrounding the teeth due to the build up of bacteria contained in plaque and tartar. The bacteria can cause infections of the gums leading to loss […]

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January 23, 2023
What Are the Signs of Gum Disease?

Gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease affects close to 50% of American adults and is caused by a combination of bacteria and how the body’s immune system reacts to that bacteria. Since everyone is different, bacteria accumulation from missing dental cleanings and/or bad home care can cause gum disease in some people […]

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December 23, 2022
Bad Breath: Is It Coming From Your Gut?

Halitosis, also commonly known as “bad breath,” is a concern of many patients seeking help from the periodontist as bad breath is usually associated with oral conditions. Cavities, gum disease, dry mouth, tonsil stones, poor salivary flow, acidic oral environments, and the consumption of odorous foods can all be attributed to causing bad breath. The […]

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November 23, 2022
What Is Gum Recession and How Is It Caused

Gum recession is a condition in which the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth pulls back or ‘recedes’ from the tooth, exposing more of the tooth and possibly the tooth's root. There are several factors that can cause gum recession, including: Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles. Periodontal disease: This bacterial […]

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October 23, 2022
Unexpected Causes of Bad Breath

Gastrointestinal disorders: Gastrointestinal problems such as gut dysbiosis, acid reflux, GERD, or H. Pylori (stomach ulcers) can cause bad breath. Sinus infections, Lung disorders, or other respiratory problems: Bacteria in the sinus, lungs, nasal passages, can produce post nasal drip that leak into the mouth and cause bad breath. Medications: Certain medications can cause dry […]

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September 23, 2022
Covid-19 Tongue

Why Does Covid-19 Affect the Mouth? The virus that causes Covid-19 (SARS‐CoV‐2) is an RNA virus that can affect the oral cavity including loss of taste, sore throat, dry mouth, inflamed gums, swollen tongue, tongue discoloration, and mouth ulcers. The reason why the structures of the mouth can be affected by Covid-19 is because the […]

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March 27, 2022
The Importance of ‘Near Me’ Mobile Searches for Periodontists

When you are marketing as a periodontist, it is vital to have your site optimized for mobile - especially since it is more common for your future patients to be searching for dental specialties using their smartphones rather than a computer. And, since mobile devices take the user’s location into account with each search - […]

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March 22, 2022
Excess Sugar Consumption: Effect on the Body

While sugar may seem like a substance that is harmful only to your teeth, causing cavities and gum disease, excessive consumption can cause severe damage to both physical and mental health. What is less well known are the systemic effects of sugar and that excess consumption is one of the leading causes of rising obesity, […]

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January 24, 2022
How a Periodontist Can Help Treat Halitosis

Bad breath, also commonly known as “halitosis” is an odor that is associated with the mouth that 50% of Americans suffer from and increase in intensity as a person gets older. There are many causes of bad breath and the treatment for it depends upon the reason for the bad breath. A periodontist is a […]

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January 16, 2022
What Causes Gum Recession?

Gum recession, loss of gum tissue around the root surface, is a disease that can be caused by many different factors. 84% of teenagers & adults suffer from gum recession which can result in long and ugly teeth, sensitive roots and ultimately tooth loss. Gum recession can be both an esthetic (cosmetic) problem as well […]

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December 28, 2021
How to Choose the Best Periodontist in NYC

Are you searching for a periodontist in New York, NY? While dentists provide general care for the whole mouth, a periodontist focuses specifically on gum and bone health, the tissues that hold the teeth in the jaw. Your dentist can help monitor your gum health and even treat many gum conditions, but may recommend that […]

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December 27, 2021
What Causes a Gummy Smile

The gummy smile is when the gums enlarge and can be caused by three main reasons (1) bacteria causing inflammation, (2) medication, and (3) systemic disease. Most of the treatment involves either gum cleanings or surgical intervention in the form of crown lengthening. How does bacteria cause a gummy smile? One reason by people develop gummy […]

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December 23, 2021
Diseases That Affect the Tongue

How does the healthy tongue look? The tongue should be a pinkish to reddish in color on the top of the tongue and should be pink with bluish hue on the underside as some veins may be seen.  The tongue should have a rough top surface due to the taste buds and the underside of […]

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December 21, 2021
Saving a Tooth with a Maxillary Root Amputation

What is maxillary molar root amputation? Maxillary root amputation is a surgical treatment that removes one of the roots of a maxillary tooth while leaving the crown and remaining roots intact.  Root amputation treatment is used to save teeth with bone loss, have failing or failed root canals, or have a root that is fractured […]

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November 20, 2021
What is Crown Lengthening and When Do I Need It?

 If you have been told by your dentist that in order to complete your crown or filling you need crown lengthening, you may have questions as to what it is and why you need it. This quick article will address those questions. What Is Crown Lengthening? Crown lengthening is a procedure that is designed to […]

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November 17, 2021
Why Am I Bleeding After My Tooth Was Removed?

How much bleeding is normal after tooth extraction? A little oozing is normal after a tooth is removed and this can happen for 24-48 hours, especially if the tooth was difficult to remove and the tooth had to be removed in pieces. Broken down teeth, broken down root canal teeth, teeth with multiple roots on […]

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November 15, 2021
Bone Grafts to Save Your Teeth

Why would your teeth need a dental bone graft? Teeth can lose bone and gum tissue when a person has gum disease otherwise known as periodontal disease. Certain bacteria around the teeth will cause your body to activate the cells in the body that cause inflammation which can then lead to bone loss around the […]

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November 11, 2021
What Causes Bad Breath and How Can It Be Treated?

Bad breath, also commonly known as “halitosis” is an odor that is associated with the mouth that 50% of Americans suffer from and increase in intensity as a person ages. There are many causes of bad breath and the treatment for it depends upon the reason for the bad breath. This article will briefly describe […]

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November 10, 2021
Are There Differences Between Teeth and Dental Implants?

Although dental implants have high success rates in the mouth and are a great option to replace missing teeth they are not without problems. This article will address structural differences between teeth and dental implants and how that can affect their long-term stability. Do Bone and Gum Attach Differently to a Tooth vs a Dental Implant? Natural […]

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November 9, 2021
Why Do I Have Dental Implant Pain?

Even though dental implants are very successful, they can have problems and fail. Dental implants can become problematic after they are placed and before the tooth crown is put on, this is known as early complications. Dental implants can also have problems after the tooth crown is put on and that is known as late […]

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October 28, 2021
Why Did My Dental Implant Fall Out?

One of the more frustrating problems in dentistry is when you think your dental implant that was placed has fallen out. Although many studies have shown that dental implants have a greater than a 90% survival rate over a 10-year period, problems do occur, and implants fail and/or fall out of the mouth.  Please continue […]

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October 27, 2021
Common Myths About Gum Disease

Before After What are Common Myths About Gum Disease? Gum disease is a serious condition that can have very bad effects on your oral health and your overall health. Keep reading to learn the truth about some of the biggest myths about periodontal disease so you and your periodontist can work together to prevent it: […]

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October 26, 2021
Bleeding After a Dental Crown

Why Do My Gums Bleed After a Dental Crown Has Been Placed? Gum bleeding after you get a dental crown or veneer placed can be a frustrating problem and can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease if left untreated. Keep reading to learn why this can occur and some of the options available so you […]

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