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Category Archives: Periodontics

Forest Hills Dentistry discusses how scaling and root planing help prevent and treat periodontal disease.

Scaling and Root Planing

  • Oct 14 2019

What is the purpose of scaling and root planing? Practicing good oral hygiene accomplishes more than keeping our teeth nice and white and getting rid of “morning breath”. When we neglect consistent brushing and flossing, we open the door for the development of gingivitis and periodontitis, which are the most common types of periodontal disease. […]


Is Periodontal Disease Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease?

  • Jun 25 2019

Can periodontal disease lead to other health issues? Alzheimer’s disease from not brushing your teeth? Rheumatoid arthritis because you started skipping those annual dental examination appointments? Most people know that it is important to brush and floss regularly and keep those scheduled appointments for dental cleanings and exams. Not doing so can be expected to […]


What Do Loose Teeth in Adults Indicate?

  • Mar 5 2019

Is having a loose tooth always a sign of something serious like periodontal disease? Having a loose tooth as a young child is a big deal! It means the tooth fairy is on alert and ready to swoosh in and make the traditional tooth-for-cash exchange sometime during the night. The going rate fluctuates and, according […]


What a Salty Taste May Be Telling You

  • Dec 20 2018

Can having an ongoing salty taste in my mouth mean that I have some sort of periodontal disease? Despite the fact that all of our senses are extremely important to our quality of life, we are often guilty of taking them for granted. That changes quickly if we end up with an illness or injury […]


Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

  • Apr 25 2018

What is the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. That is nearly 10 percent of the total population. Close to a quarter of those 30 million have yet to be officially diagnosed. Diabetes, which can […]


What is Flap Surgery?

  • Aug 21 2017

At what stage of gum disease is flap surgery recommended? Going for a routine dental exam and getting the “all clear” that everything looks good has to be one of the best feelings there is. No one wants to hear about cavities or loose fillings or other problems. Top of the list of things that […]


Periodontal Disease Treatment Methods

  • May 22 2017

What kind of treatment options are available for periodontitis? The two main forms of periodontal disease, gingivitis and periodontitis, are caused by bacteria found in the plague that builds up on teeth. Proper brushing and flossing can remove a lot of the plague but what is missed can harden and form tartar, which requires a […]