Do antibiotics heal gum disease?
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is an infection. As it becomes chronic it changes to a particular type of infection called a biofilm infection. Infections can progress from an acute stage (initial infection) to a chronic stage (ongoing infection) fairly quickly if not treated immediately. This typically happens in three days or so. According to NIH…Read More
Does gum disease cause pain?
My dentist tells me that gum disease is an infection and that I have gum disease, but I’m not in pain like other infections I’ve had. Why is that? Periodontitis is an inflammatory infection that is completely or largely painless until the late stages, like when teeth become loose and start falling out. But…Read More
What causes periodontal disease?
“I brush, I floss, I even use a Water Pik. I take good care of my teeth, but my dentist says I have periodontal disease. I feel like this is somehow my fault.” You may be surprised to learn that your periodontal disease may not be your fault. Periodontal disease is an infection, much like…Read More
How Can I Tell If My Gums Are Healthy?
How can I tell if my Gums are healthy? If your gums are pink and firm. Your gums should be light pink in color. White or very pale gums may be a sign of anemia. If they don’t bleed when you brush or floss. Blood on your toothbrush or in the sink is an indication…Read More
What Are Gums?
What are Gums? Gums are the areas in the mouth from which the teeth protrude. They are also referred to as the gingiva. Healthy gums are pink and keep the teeth tightly anchored, covering the entire root of the tooth. They do not bleed when brushed or flossed. What Are Gums Made Of? The gums…Read More