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Why Does My Dentist Ask So Many Questions about the Medicine I Take?

Why Does My Dentist Ask So Many Questions about the Medicine I Take? September 26, 2018 That’s a great question!  Both medicine and dentistry have changed drastically over the past few decades. An old anecdote said that dentists built their offices on the second floor of buildings for a reason.  If the patient was healthy enough to climb the stairs to get to the dentist, he was healthy enough to have a tooth pulled. Things are not quite so simple today.  First of all, we have elevators.  Secondly, and more importantly, we have more medications than ever, and these medications
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What is Gingivitis?

What is Gingivitis? October 4, 2017 A lot of people hear this word from their dentist and are not really sure what it means.  Have you been told that you have gingivitis by your dentist or dental hygienist?  Do you sometimes see blood when you spit your toothpaste out in the sink?  This blog will describe what gingivitis is, what it is not, what causes it, and what you can do about it. What Gingivitis Is The word gingivitis is easy to break down into its two components: gingiva and the suffix “–itis”.  Gingiva is the scientific term for gum
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Hormone-Induced Gingivitis

Hormone-Induced Gingivitis July 5, 2017 What is hormone-induced gingivitis? Hormone-induced gingivitis is a type of gingivitis that occurs specifically during changes in hormonal levels .  It is a very common condition that we see frequently in our office.  Hormone-induced gingivitis causes a patient to have gums that are swollen, red, tender, and bleed easily.   The tenderness and bleeding often make oral hygiene routines uncomfortable, and patients sometimes avoid proper brushing and flossing techniques because it hurts.  Healthy, natural gum tissues are light pink, relatively flat and tightly adhered to the teeth.  The appearance of bright red, puffy gums is unsightly,
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