What is Periodontal, or Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis, is a generalized term for any inflammatory and infectious disease that affects the gums and supportive tissue surrounding the teeth.  The gingival (gum) changes are the same as those that occur with gingivits, with same clinical signs as gingivitis If gingivitis is left untreated and the accumulated plaque and […]

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a general term for any inflammation of the gingival (gum) tissue.   The primary cause of gingivitis is the build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth and especially around the gum tissue at the base of the teeth where the gum tissue and teeth meet.  The plaque and tartar secrete chemicals that […]

Choosing the best toothbrush

There are a few things that you should look for when choosing a toothbrush.  As a dentist, we give each of our patients a toothbrush and floss when we clean their teeth.  Many things about a toothbrush are personal preferences and really make no real difference in how they affect the patient.  These are things […]