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Periodontal Disease

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.  Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva.  If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.  Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.  Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions.  Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  • Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
  • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
  • Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

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I have known Dr. Robert Java for approximately six years. He is a very professional dentist who really cares about his patients. He has restored my faith in dentistry. I have been to several other dentists in the past that I believe cost me my real teeth. I now have to wear upper and lower dentures. After an examination by Dr. Java, he said there was still suffcient bone structure to go with implants to help secure the lower denutre. It was the best thing I have ever done.

On July 12, 2007, I received implants that attach to the dentures. They didn't hurt at all. The implants made it possible for me to eliminate the need to ever use any denture adhesive again. I was so excited. I have eaten corn on the cob and bitten into apples without any slippage at all, something I haven't been able to do since 1991. I do not even know the implants are there. What a wonderful gift! The implants are also easy to take care of! I thank God for Dr. Java and the new lease on life he has given me.

If I had known of him years ago, I know I would probably still have my real teeth. However, he has made a bad situation so much better. I would recommend Dr. Java for implants and regular dental work. He is a honest, has excellent integrity, and sincerely cares about his patients.

Dr. Java's staff are also excellent and caring. They make you feel like family. They are the best! I believe they would not be there if they were not the best, because Dr. Java demands the best for his patients.

Sincerely, Ms. Grace Jack

I have nothing but good comments about services I receive every six months that I go in for a check-up and cleaning. My dental needs are always taken care of with excellence. Thank you Dr. Java and your team for excellent customer service and outstanding services.

Patricia

I "met" the whole team mainly because I always stop and speak to all of you that I see. Having been a long time patient of the office, going back to Dr. Patch, I have known most of you long enough to see you grow from young adults to mothers. I feel very comfortable when I am in your care --almost as if I am a part of your little "family"--because you are warm, friendly, and laugh at my corny humor. I always speak highly of you all when someone asks me about recommending a Dentist. You are all a great group of professionals.

James

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