The term gingivectomy is a mouthful to say, but what does it mean? A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure that removes loose, diseased gum tissue (called gingival) in your mouth. The goal of the procedure is to get rid of any pockets that have formed between your mouth and gums to stop the progression of…
Periodontics is a big word that simply describes the branch of dentistry that deals with gum disease. Gum disease is also called periodontal disease, hence the term periodontics. Gum disease is pretty common. It ranges from simple gum inflammation to a much more serious disease that can cause major damage to your gums and other…

What is a gingivectomy?  A gingivectomy is a procedure that removes loose, diseased gum tissue (called gingiva) to get rid of any pockets that formed between your teeth and gum. This is a surgery that can be performed for periodontitis (severe gum disease) that cannot be cured using antibiotics or root planing or scaling. How…

Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that the same bacteria that result in chronic inflammatory gum disease also causes joint-destroying rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Scientists previously focused on the Porphyromonas gingivalis bacterium, which as of now has not been proven to be a common link. The Johns Hopkins team looked into alternative links. They observed hypercitrullination as…

Research has found significant connections between periodontitis and systemic health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. But while studies of periodontitis and levels of testosterone have suggested a relationship between the two, identifying a connection has been less conclusive. Despite the study being inconclusive, researchers found enough of a link to believe further…

Gum Disease. Yep, it’s about as pleasant as it sounds (we’ll spare you the photos of swollen and bleeding gums. You’re welcome). If you don’t treat it, eventually gum disease can result in loose gums. This causes little pockets to form between the teeth and gums which can become a playground for nasty bacteria. If…