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Gum Diseases

If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you are not alone. Many adults in the U.S. currently have some form of the disease. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost.

Whether your gum disease is stopped, slowed, or gets worse depends a great deal on how well you care for your teeth and gums every day, from this point forward.

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Understanding Gum Diseases

  • Gum Disease and Pregnancy
  • Gum Disease Can Lead to an Unhealthy Heart
  • Oral Health/Dental Specialists
  • Periodontal (Gum) Diseases
  • Watch Your Mouth! (Multi-media partnership)
  • Gum Diseases: From the NIH
  • Periodontal Disease - American Dental Association (video)
  • Taking Care of Your Gums (American Medical Association)
  • Tobacco Use and Periodontal Disease (American Academy of Periodontology)

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  • How Will Menopause Affect My Dental Health?
  • Is Gum Grafting Always Necessary?
  • Should I Experience Pain in Donor Site After a Gum Graft?
  • What Is an Appropriate Number of Gum Grafts to do at Once?
  • Which Is Better, Connective Tissue Graft or Soft Tissue Allograft?
  • White Blister: Is It Normal?
  • Why Do I Still Have Tooth Sensitivity Six Months after My Gum Graft?

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    Last Updated: Jul 30, 2014